After the much-contended bill CAA in India was passed in parliament India’s second-largest minority are feeling insecure and marginalized than before. according to the act that was first time read out by India’s Union Home Minister says, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014, facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. only one community which is the Muslim community is excluded.
To oppose its implementation three states viz, Kerela, West Bengal, and Punjab have already made it clear that CAA will not be implemented in these states. Moreover, 16 Universities in India are also opposing the CAA in India. even American based Federal US Commission on international religious citizenship (Amendment Bill, 2019, rating the act as “ dangerous turn in wrong direction” and sought American sanctions against Home Minister Amit Shah. even several human rights activists, some actors from Bollywood have also opposed the Act as it is discriminatory to exclude one community. Even the ardent supporter of BJP and Mr. Narender Modi, famous author Chetan Bhagat, has criticized the government after the violent clashes erupted between the students and police, where several students were Baton charged by police. According to a tweet by Chetan Bhagat “Crashing the economy, making jobs vanish, Shutting down the internet, sending police in libraries; the youth may have patience, but don’t test the limits of it”.
The Grandson of the father of nation Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. RamChandera Guha in a series of his tweets recalled India’s Freedom Struggle where Both Hindus and Muslims struggled. Famous author Ravinder Singh condemned the Act calling it “anti –India”. He reiterated Mahatma Gandhi’s vow “ A vow Gandhi asked his compatriots to take in 1919.: with God as witness we Hindus & Muslims declare that we shall behave towards one another as children of same parents, that we shall have no differences, that the sorrows of each will be the sorrows of the other”
Booker Prize winner author, Arundhati Roy in a statement issued through Haymarket Books wrote, “ Are we going to stand in line once again, obediently, comply with this policy that eerily resembles the 1935 Nuremberg Laws of the Third Reich? If we do, India will cease to exist. We are facing the biggest challenge since independence. Stand up. Please Stand up”.
Co-incidentally, the 4-year-old tweet of Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai on “supporting Muslims and other minorities in the United States” has been revived in the wake of the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests across the country. The quote was based on a 2015 blog post on Medium by Pichai himself, where he talks about providing an opportunity to Muslims and other minorities and accepted them as new Americans. The quote says, “Let’s not let fear defeat our values. We must support Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world” is an excerpt from an article that largely highlight’s Pichai’s experience as an immigrant in the United States, it does not make any reference to the Indian Muslim community.
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Protesters allege that the CAA, when enacted with the National Register of Citizen (NRC), would disenfranchise the Muslim community in India. Pichai’s quote is being shared on social media as being supportive of the current anti-CAA movement in India. However, Pichai’s 4-year-old quote which is being revived in the wake of ongoing protests was in the context of Islamophobia in the United States and has no relevance to the debate around religious discrimination in India.