Manipuri Filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma Returns Padma Shri To Protest Against Citizenship Bill

As the northeast continues to boil over the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill renowned Manipuri filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma has said that he has decided to return the Padma Shri award to protest against the controversial legislation.

The 83-year-old announced his decision in Imphal on Sunday, stating that his move was in protest against the Bill as “people in Manipur need protection”. Sharma, an acclaimed filmmaker and music composer was awarded the Padma Shri in 2006.

His announcement comes a various citizen groups and NGOs in the northeast have promised to step up their opposition to the bill. The Citizenship Amendment Bill is aimed at providing citizenship to illegal migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan on the basis of religion.…