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Citizenship Amendment Act — Protests, Democracy & Politics: Lessons from Latin America (interview with Patrick Heller)

January 24, 2020

In the 31st episode of the Centre for Policy Research, new Delhi's ThoughtSpace podcast, Yamini Aiyar, President and Chief Executive, the Centre for Policy Research, speaks to Patrick Heller, Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs at Brown University, about the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The passage of the CAA led to agitations across the country. Since December 15, thousands of students, activists and ordinary people are out on the streets every day in every city. Latin American countries including Ecuador, Chile, Bolivia and most recently Colombia have experienced turmoil too. What are the parallels we can draw between the two regions? What do these protests say about the state of democracy across the world? And what are some of the lessons we can learn about peoples' movements? Listen to the podcast.