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Student protests unlikely to fizzle out in India after violence on JNU campus

Demonstrators shouting slogans during a protest on the outskirts of Mumbai on Jan 9, 2020, against attacks on students of New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI - The image of leading Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone standing in solidarity with student protesters at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), where armed hooligans attacked students and teachers, is seen as a powerful message.

Analysts said it points to growing solidarity for student protesters, even as the award-winning actress faces backlash from right-wing nationalists who support the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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