With more than 20 people killed over the past days, Muslim opponents of a new Indian citizenship law and a plan for the establishment of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) have kept up protesting against the government measures while carrying the national flag to prevent supporters of the Hindu nationalist government from painting them as anti-India.
In the southern city of Hyderabad, Muslims sang national songs at the weekend, read out sections of the constitution and carried pictures of independence hero Mahatma Gandhi and B.R. Ambedkar, who led the drafting of the constitution.
“This tricolour is our symbol against fascism,” said Asaduddin Owaisi, a lawmaker who heads a Muslim party. He was referring to India's saffron, white and green flag.
Protest organizers say displays of patriotism help dispel the notion that the demonstrations only concern the Muslims.
In the city of Bengaluru, it was Hindus, in their thousands, who came together in protest against the measures.