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Several Bollywood celebrities posted opinions all through Monday on the amended Citizenship Act (CAA) and the countrywide tension it has unleashed, which was triggered off after Sunday’s protests at Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia University.

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who took a break from Twitter in August, made his comeback on the microblogging platform by sharing a tweet attacking the government.

He tweeted: “This has gone too far.. can’t stay silent any longer . This government is clearly fascist .. and it makes me angry to see voices that can actually make a difference stay quiet ..”

Reacting to his tweet, filmmaker Anubhav Sinha tweeted: “Welcome back Kashyap. Was missing you here.”

The “Article 15” helmer tweeted a clear contempt at celebrities who have not taken a stand on the issue since yesterday: “F*** you everyone who does not have an opinion!!! F*** you!!! F*** you again!!! you are no icons!!! You are businessmen!!!”

In a separate tweet, Sinha expressed: “When no one has the answers, students do. Look at history worldwide.”

Taapsee Pannu, reacting to a video of police crackdown at Jamia, tweeted: “Wonder if this is a start or the end. Whatever it is, this is surely writing new rules of the land and those who don’t fit in can very well see the consequences.

Taapsee Pannu took to twitter for CAA protests. Wikimedia Commons

This video breaks heart n hopes all together. Irreversible damage,and I’m not talking about just the life n property.”

Expression her reaction on the same video, actress Kubbra Sait tweeted: “If this voice and plea doesn’t shatter your inner demons. I don’t know what will. Is the end here? Or can we still save ourselves. Where is the Prime Minister? The silence is deafening.”

Dia Mirza tweeted: “What is happening in our country should make us all hang our heads in shame. Shame. Now is the time to come together and act as one nation, one people, one country.”

Pooja Bhatt tweeted: “To speak with silence when we should protest is what makes cowards out of men. India is burning. One can’t be mute anymore.”

Swara Bhasker tweeted on Sunday night. The actress’ tweet reads: “Shocking messages of violence, tear gassing from #Jamia in #Delhi ! Why are students being treated like criminals? Why are hostels being tear gassed.. ??? What is going on #DelhiPolice ???? Shocking and shameful! #CABProtests”

Lisa Ray tweeted on Monday afternoon: “For all those who feel the violent response of the Delhi police to students is justified as they were ‘destroying public property’ I say, we must immediately arrest all men urinating against public walls in India who cause far more destruction on a daily basis. Shall we begin?”

Filmmaker Onir tweeted: “Students showing the path to true secularism and democracy . #CABAgainstConstitution”

Actor Akshay Kumar also react in context of CAA protests. Wikimedia Commons

Singer-composer Anupam Roy tweeted: “In solidarity with students of Jamia! #JamiaProtests”

Earlier, as reported by IANS, Rajkummar Rao had also protested against the police’s violence against students. He tweeted, “I strongly condemn the violence that the police have shown in dealing with the students. In a democracy the citizens have the right to peacefully protest.I also condemn any kind of act of destruction of the public properties. Violence is not the solution for anything!”

Alankrita Shrivastava had tweeted: “Sarfaroshi ki tamanaa ab hamaare dil mein hai, Dekhna hai zor kitna baazu-e-qaatil mein hai…Hats off to the brave young students of India. You who can speak squarely in the face of such oppression are true citizens.”

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In earlier reports, too, Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar had liked a Jamia tweet and then went ahead to declare it was a mistake. All through Monday, the conflicting hashtags — #BoycottCanadianKumar and #ISupportAkshay — trended on Twitter at once.

Akshay, his clarification about the violence, added: “In no way do I support such acts.”

Although most of Bollywood celebs have voiced opinions condemning the violence against students, Koena Mitra has tweeted in support for Delhi Police.

The actress wrote: “Dear Jamia students, these are not protests these are terror attacks! Ab saren victims ban gaye? Public properties jalana students ka kaam hai? #ISupportDelhiPolice.” (IANS)



Rihanna was summoned from her seat to accept the honour, with the Prime Minister.

Singer Rihanna was honoured by Prime Minister Mia Mottley at an event which marked Barbados's new status as a republic, which was attended by Prince Charles. Addressing the pop star by her real name, the PM said: "Robyn Rihanna Fenty tomorrow morning shall have conferred upon her the order of national hero of Barbados."

Rihanna was then summoned from her seat to accept the honor, with the Prime Minister managing to rouse a laugh from the singer when she referenced her 2012 hit 'Diamonds', reports She added: "On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you, the designee, for the national hero of Barbados." "And to accept on behalf of a grateful nation - you can come my dear - ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation." Rihanna, who was born in the St Michael parish of Barbados, found fame in 2005 after being spotted by a record producer and has since gone on to become one of the most successful female artists of all time with sales of over 250 million and recently reached billionaire status through her Fenty beauty brand.

The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)

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