TIMES’2020, 100 most influential people include Bilkis, an 82-year-old, one of the women at the forefront of the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh.,
Journalist and author Rana Ayyub who penned Bilkis for the TIME magazine had written, “Bilkis became the voice of the marginalized… Became the symbol of resistance in a nation where the voices of women and minorities were being systematically drowned out by the majoritarian politics of the Modi regime.” Ayyub wrote, “ Bilkis gave hope and strength to activists and student leaders who were being thrown behind bars for standing up for the unpopular truth in a democracy that was sliding into authoritarianism, and inspired peaceful copycat protests across the country.”
Bilkis told Aayyub, “I will sit here till blood stops flowing in my veins so the children of this country and the world breathe the air of justice and equality.”
The Citizenship Amendment Act approved by the Parliament had received a lot of criticism for excluding Muslims. Protests against the Act started in Delhi in mid-December and gradually spread across the country.
Along with Bilkis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood actor Ayushman Khurana, Professor of Clinical Microbiology Ravindra Gupta, and Google Chief Executive officer Sundar Pichai also made it to TIME’s 100 most influential list.