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Jamia Millia Islamia students and locals protesting the CAA. Image: DiplomatTesterMan, Wikimedia Commons.

This post first appeared on the Columbia University Libraries Spotlight Blog.

The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation is pleased to announce the launch of the Indian Citizenship Amendment Act Protest Movements Web Archive.

Over the past two years, the Government of India under its ruling Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and promoted other regulations, such as the National Register of Citizenship (NRC), designated to change the rules for who can and who cannot be or become an Indian citizen, and who can immigrate — for the first time making religion a key criterion. These regulations have sparked communal tensions and fears among India’s religious and ethnic minorities. The Indian Citizenship Act Amendment Protest Movements Web Archive documents the widespread social justice movements and anti-CAA organizations to support them, as well as the allied movements mobilizing women and students with them, including groups of freedom fighters, oppressed castes, transgender people, and other marginalized communities. The Archive is curated by Aruna Magier (New York University), Gary Housman (Columbia University), and Jef Pierce (University of Pennsylvania), under the auspices of the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation.

Web archives preserve vulnerable information that may disappear from the live web and capture the ways in which selected websites have evolved over time. The Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Web Resources Collection Program is a collaborative collection development effort to build curated, thematic collections of freely available, but at-risk, web content in order to support research at participating Libraries and beyond. Learn more about the Program and explore additional collections here.