Quit India movement activist Leelatai Chitale, protested against NRC-CAA on January 15 at Samvidhan Chowk. After four days of constant protest, the last day she made resplendent speech on meaning behind the colours of our national flag, she said, “many people would not know about the meaning of green colour in the national flag, it represents Muslims of the country. This is because at the time of independence, Muslims were in equal number in India. Hindus are represented by the saffron colour which also stands for the spirit of selflessness.”
She quoted, “Anyone who is born in the country and respect it like their own home, is the son of the soil and has an equal right to live in the country with respect and safety. Because Green is also stands for nature and the Government should not dare to go against the nature.”
To respond to Gandhi’s do or die call at the age of 12,she shared, “We were three girls who marched up to the Sitabai Arts College in Akola and police arrested us till the evening. After being released, we got a rousing welcome. She said, “The courage instilled by Gandhi those days can be seen again.”
Chitale mentioned that,her father, who was a freedom fighter, lost his mental balance after coming out of jail.After the death of her father, her family went through a lot of difficulties. Later, her brother too was put under custody. Muslim Syed family from Borgaon Manju village in Akolahelped her family at that difficult time. She didn’t forget to thank Syeds’ family, she said,“we could survive the crisis only because of the Syeds,”
During the convention, Marathi writer Yeshwant Manohar, He said, “A Hindu rashtra means country of Brahmans and RSS where ‘Manusmruti’ will be the law and women and lower caste will be slaves,” “You may be poor but Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s constitution gives you the rights of being the country’s citizens. I think it is the beginning of the end of racism and I support you in the fight against it”.
Social activist Rupa Kulkarni said that, “If Govt of India is accepting the pan cards of filing the returns and paying taxes, then why should they not accepting it as a proof of citizenship?”