(Scholar, Analyst, Opinion Leader, and Social Worker)
Immediately following the approval of the CAB Citizenship Bill from the President of the Republic of India, the controversial law has come into force. The RSS leader said, approving the CitizenshipBill is a bold step: Parliament provides a guarantee to the safety of the Constitution, protects the country’s integrity and the rights of the citizens, their development and progress is taken care through it. This is the highest institutional authority of the nation empowered to do the legislation, elected by the people once in every five years to form a government of their choice. The attitude of BJP, MPs against the minorities and the opposition in the house, after the recent general election is very shocking and a serious blow to a great democratic country like India. The far-reaching implications of the laws that have been enacted one after another in the first session of Parliament will affect the country’s largest minority of India that Muslims.
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The speeches that BJP leaders delivered during the debate in Parliament on the occasion of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) were by a specific catastrophic agenda. To spread hate against Muslims on National level and for preparing a factional mind of Non-Muslims against Muslims throughout India. They participated in spreading false, fabricated lies to create a sectarian mind. In his inaugural address, Home Minister Amit Shah has defined the Hindutwa and RSS agenda elaborately in which he did not spare any chance to tarnish the image of Muslims in India. There is no scope to cover all the speeches of BJP members delivered on the occasion of the introduction of CAB, but in the written speech of the BJP, MP, Meenakshi, 70 years ago, Indians were massacred in Pakistan at the time of partition. Details were presented with great sadness. They tried their best to ignite the sentiments of Hindus, Sikhs & Christians. Prime Minister and BJP spokesperson Ram Madhav also reiterated the same thing after the passing of the bill, saying that non-Muslim people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh were victims of Muslim oppression. They used to come to India to seek refuge, they are being granted Indian citizenship and Muslims coming from these countries have been declared as infiltrators.
CAB law for Muslims living in the Border States is not less than a calamity. The role of the 105 members of the secular Indian opposition parties in parliament is highlycommendable–They described in a straight forward manner the salient features of the Indian constitution for the sake of the rights of the Indian Muslims which are guaranteed in the Indian constitution. Mr Kapil Sibbal, Mr P. Chidambaram, Mr Arjun Nath Choudhary and DMK and TMC members are notable. Congress took a strong stand it is going to fight this catastrophic agenda. The bill was passed in Rajya Sabha with a mere majority of 20 votes. The secular parties of India are engaged even today in fighting for the rights of the 20 Crores + Muslims who responsibly live in India to protect the constitutional rights of Muslims.
The Hindutwa movement considers them a major hurdle on their way. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, responding to the opposition in Parliament, said, “We are in majority in Parliament. We are capable of making and amending laws according to our agenda. The Supreme Court is under us. We are not under the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court cannot take any decision against our laws. There is no need to exaggerate and protest.”
Citizenship law is being called a black law both at home and internationally. For the first time in the country’s history, non-Muslim refugees have been granted the right of citizenship based on religion and only the Muslim refugees have been officially deprived. The BJP is lying to hide its shame. As this law has not been legislated on a humanitarian basis, instead it has been designed to humiliate and dishonour Muslims and to abrogate their constitutional rights.
The BJP is repeatedly referring to the atrocities being committed against the non-Muslims of neighbouring countries. If this decision was made based on only religious oppression, then the citizenship bill should include refugees of all the neighbouring countries.
Hindu Tamils from Sri Lanka who are being persecuted by the Buddhist regime of Sri Lanka (2) Ughur Muslims victims of Chinese oppression based on their religion (3) Rohingya Muslim refugees suffering genocide in Myanmar on the basis of their religion under Buddhist extremist regime? Home Minister Amit Shah repeatedly said in his speech that Rohingya Muslims cannot be granted citizenship because they have entered India illegally through Bangladesh. Even aman with the least common sense cannot agree with Amit Shah’s stupid irrational statement.
Where Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh is there was the state Rakhine where Rohingya settlements were present for centuries, which have been completely destroyed by genocide by Buddhists and Myanmar armed forces. To save their lives, they took refuge inBangladesh; the borders of Myanmar, with Indi, have the Buddhist majority. Passing through that area would have been very risky for the lives of Rohingya refugees to enter into India hence, the majority of them have entered India via Bangladesh. 164 countries around the world have accepted in UNO the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and UNO has published its 800-page detailed report on atrocities committed by the Buddhist regime & its armed forces on the Rohingya Muslims.
Despite this, the BJP leaders, who have gone mad in the fits of sectarianism & communalism, are not ready to accept Rohingya Muslims as refugees. The United Nations has issued a formal refugee card to 18,000 Rohingya Muslims in India. Muslims Repeatedly referring to the atrocities committed on Hindus at time of independence& partition of India to grant Citizenship to Non-Muslims is a violation of the rules and principles of International Human Rights anomaly, the Buddhist block is currently supporting the creation of a Hindu block, which is why Rohingya have been excluded from CAB law of citizenship.
Bangladesh and India have a very friendly relationship since day one, if it is accused of atrocities on Non-Muslims based on which the Non-Muslims coming from Bangladesh will be given Citizenship it is going to expose millions Bengali Muslims& Non-Muslims as well to innumerable unforeseen problems. Amit Shah says the law is not against minorities, it is a lie. When not against minorities, why are Muslims not included in it? In Bangladesh, this law has also raised concerns. Bangladesh’s Interior Minister and Finance Minister strongly condemned the law, saying that Bangladesh is a secular country, that non-Muslims have full freedom and equal rights. The Indian ruling party is using lies. Both ministers have also cancelled their visit to India.
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The US State Department has also strongly condemned the law and said it would affect the basic human rights of minorities. The opposition of the RSS is shameful which is founded on a baseless assumption. Muslim asylum seekers cannot be included in this legal privilege either because they come to India for business or to spread terrorism. We are justified in calling them an infiltrator? Muslims in the Border States have been living for the past several centuries that were viewed by sectarian organizations as suspicious. And orders will be issued to the local governments to take such an angle that Muslims areinfiltrating, to take action on the deportation of Muslims. This is the BJP’s secret agenda behind bringing the NRC after CAB.
There have been strong protests against the CAB in Assam and other northeastern states. There are so much violent protests in Assam that the police have to impose a curfew. Assam and other state organizations and tribal leaders say that under the CAB millions of Hindus want to establish a government here. We will not allow it; our people are worried about jobs. We will not allow anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim refugee, to remain in the state. Until the government withdraws this law, our protest will continue like this. However, five states in the northeast have been exempted from this law.
The dubious policy of Prime Minister Narender Modi is revealed. Seeing the worsening situation in Assam, Narender Modi, during an election speech in Chhattisgarh, appealed to the northeastern people with a very gentle tone of request and said, “We will try to protect the cultures, religions, and customs of these states as their languages.” Be responsible for the protection of their land businesses and jobs; Trust Modi. Modi assures you that we will keep you and all your areas safe until the last breath. On the other hand, the BJP’s actions about Kashmir have come to light which are very dreadful.
In the name of one country, one civilization, and one language, the activities of eliminating entire Kashmiri civilization, language, business, jobs are on for the past 132 days daily are rapidly underway, converting it from state to the Union Territory the entire state is being crushed under military rule. Even ordinary life has not come to normal even today. Friday prayers are not allowed in mosques. Land and properties are being transferred to companies and institutions run under Hindu Trusts and RSS in the name of widespread development. New registration offices have been set up by the central government, where the work is being done. More than 40,000 people have been put under arrest.
BJP has made 4 laws directly in Parliament in six months against Muslims in India. On 30th July 2019 Triple Talaq arbitration, 2nd August 2019 UAPA, 5th August 2019 Abrogation of special status (370) of Jammu and Kashmir and splitting of the state into two Union Territories. In the meantime, on November 9, the day before the Milady-e-Nabi, the Supreme Court’s decision on the construction of Ram temple on the land of Babri Masjid was decided. On December 11, 2019, the second day after the passage of the CAB Act, all the 18 appeals filed against the Ram temple construction decision were rejected by the Supreme Court Constitution Bench.
According to tradition, if the Supreme Court rejects the appeals at least after the hearings, the basic principles of justice would have adhered to an extent and the Muslims would not have been upset.
The amendment of all these laws and the decisions of the Supreme Court one after another, it is fair to say that the Country has fallen into the hands of the fanatics who are Anti-Islam communal& fascist forces of Hindutwamovement. Hindu block work is underway at a rapid pace. Muslims have developed a strong sense of insecurity, deprivation fromtheir legitimate rights. There are no significant signs of change and hope for betterchances in the near future.
Due to differences among Muslims, their groups& class, there is a long struggle ahead of them, the only way out from all this is, with the help of the mutual unity among Muslims and secular partieswe can change the situation. Otherwise the oppression& imperialism of Hindutwa forces will push the Muslims into the deep valley of humiliation forever.