(Scholar, Analyst, columnist, Opinion Leader and Social Activist)
India is going through a turbulent, painful and confusing period of history. It is a matter of great pleasure that the foundations of democracy are still strong in the country and hope is bright for all citizens and classes. In the last three months, the BJP has taken a big blow & suffered a huge setback in the Maharashtra and Jharkhand Assembly elections. The politics of oppression was hit by a thunderbolt. In Jharkhand, there was a strong protest against the inclusion of tribal among Hindus and a large number of people who were killed in attacks by the Cow vigilant are from this region. On 17 June 2019, 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was attacked by a lynch mob in Jharkhand, India. He was tied to a tree, brutally beaten on suspicion of bike theft; Ansari, a Muslim, was forced to chant Hindu sayings “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman“, which translates from Hindi to “hail Lord Ram” or “Victory to Lord Ram”
Today, the blood of the innocents worked as a catalyst and despite the BJP’s attempt to manipulate the EVM in the Assembly elections, it suffered a huge failure. The soothing factor is immediately after taking the oath of office Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s government, withdrew all the cases filed against the protesters, by the BJP government that was to harass them illegally; at the same time got all the cases against the ‘Go Rakhshak’ who were found to be involved in the ‘Mob Lynching’ activity which were closed by the BJP govt. got them all reopened again.
Shiv Sena, a longtime BJP partner in Maharashtra, withdrew its support after the recent elections. A promising aspect of democracy has also emerged from the strong secular role of NCP leader Sharad Pawar, who fought despite being an octogenarian singly against the BJP. In one year, the BJP suffered a defeat in five state elections. The BJP secured 303 seats in Parliament, and in the pride of its victory and majority in parliament it acted very swiftly by its original agenda of Hindutva; against secular spirit of the constitution of India enacted laws against Muslims one after another just in just 6 months. July 2019 TripleTalaq, 2 August UAPA 2019, 5 August 2019 Abrogation of the special status of Kashmir, besides 31 August 2019 final list of NRC Assam was issued. On November 9, 2019, the Supreme Court verdict was delivered in the Babri Masjid’s case in favour of Ram temple was highly regretful and lamented by all secular circles. On December 10, 2019, controversial laws like the CAA were passed.
During the BJP’s tumultuous legislations, Prime Minister Modi managed to win the UAE’s highest award by blowing dust in the eyes of the world and especially the Gulf countries. For a long time, the BJP will not be very successful in fooling the nations and their people.
If we carefully study all these laws, judicial decisions and policies seriously, it will be easy to understand that they are misleading the public with untrue and false statements. First the crackdown of the laws on Muslims and then the crackdown of the army and the police on the protesters who are protesting against the draconian law of CAA which excludes the Muslim minority which violates the article 14 of the Indian constitution.
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Peaceful public protests all over the country including small villages and towns have shaken the country against the CAA and NPR. The government tried to suppress the echo of the protesters on the media and social media, but voices against the above-mentioned atrocities were heard in every corner of the world, and in many major cities of the world, protests against these oppressive laws continue throughout the nation.
The brutal atrocities committed by the police against peaceful protesters in Assam Kashmir, UP, Karnataka and other BJP states surpassed the atrocities committed by the British on Indian freedom fighters.
On a signal of Chief Minister of UP Aditya Nath Yogi the tyrant; UP Police raided Muslim homes, madrassas, mosques and places of business in a planned manner and vandalized the homes, shops, houses by breaking into them and shot bullets into their chests of the innocent teenagers. As a result, more than 20 people were killed, including innocent children, as well as elderly citizens, elderly teachers were taken away and third-degree torture was carried out on them. Hundreds of people were beaten and their bones were broken. Along with more than 100 children were injured in sexual abuse. The height of barbarism is, the first use of the UAPA law that was enacted on August 2, 2019, was fully applied in UP and the police started to seize the property of protestors who are ordinary Muslim citizens. The properties of some non-Muslim secular social workers were also seized. In a secular democratic country on taking out rallies and protests, do the police have the authority to carry out deadly crackdowns on their peaceful citizens? It seems that the model of Israel’s atrocities is being repeated and the centuries-old vendetta is being settled. UP police issued show-cause notices to the protestors demanding heavy reparations, they were given 30 days’ opportunity, when the Jats protested in Haryana resulted in the loss of public property worth Rs35, 000Crores. No such notices were issued to them.
The Supreme Court, in many of its decisions, made it clear that public protest was an important aspect of democracy. The voice raised against the government cannot be suppressed by the country in the name of revolt.
In July 2019, General Bipin Rawat had said that anyone who picks up the stone will be shot. Moreover in the Jharkhand election rally, Prime Minister Narender Modi in his speech attacked in a biased manner, saying that “you can identify those who are creating disturbances and spreading violence with their clothes”.
Police practically did these things to the protestors in UP. Most of the innocent victims were dressed in white pyjamas. Whoever raised the protest slogan was beaten with a stick or he was shot dead. The world also saw the tortured dead bodies of innocent students of the Madrasas. Today, the mass protests of Non-Muslim civil society continue in the throughout the length & breadth of the country, which is a dazzling aspect of the real democracy.
Hajongs refugees from the Buddhist tribes, Chakma and Hindu tribes live in Aruna Chal Pradesh more than 50 thousand refugees were granted Indian citizenship even before CAA act was introduced. Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in India after being persecuted in neighbouring Buddhist country Burma were not granted citizenship just because they are Muslims. CAA law exempts only Muslim asylum seekers and grants Citizenship to rest all the religious backgrounds; for those who are living here since centuries, the details and papers of their ancestors are being asked. That what happened in Assam? The record entries of the papers were not matching with each other. Therefore, they are being declared Bangladeshi foreigners.
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Once the case goes to the Foreign Tribunal no court in the country is ready to relieve the victim. The theories of the judiciary that have come out for the last two years are very worrying. All the FT cases are being rejected by the High Court and the Supreme Court. The victim has to either die in prison or be forced to leave the country at gunpoint.
After the final list of the NRC in Assam, the worst situation that Bengali Muslims are facing is difficult for any Indian citizen to assess. Clouds of distress are bursting; citizenship has been announced repeatedly for 9 lakh Bengali Hindus. Now that 8 million Muslim Bengalis have been expelled, if their family members are included, this number will exceed 18 lakh. It is being said that this is not related to Hindu-Muslim. But the ground reality is that no word of justice and mercy is being done with the word Muslim. Foreign tribunal judges, who appear to be annoyed at the name of Muslims and behave in great contempt, are showing great rush to declare any Muslim as Bangladeshi; despite credentials and legacy data. Indian Muslims need to understand NPR in the context of CAA and NRC. Now even the children of the country have learned that this is an endless chain of difficulties. Remember that RSS policymakers have spread a poisonous net under the beautiful legal name of NPR, in which every citizen will be easily trapped. our feeling is that the way it happened in the Babri Masjid case the case continued for 30 years then even after such a long waiting Muslims were denied justice and faced deprivation from the Babri Masjid, the deadly cycle of NPR and NRC can destroy future generations as well.
Today, Myanmar continues its atrocities against the Rohingya, China on Uyghur, and Israel on Palestinians. The largest international institutions and courts in the world hesitate to take steps to do justice to Muslims. There is only one solution hence the peaceful democratic public protests should continue day & night. We have every right that our demands for the restoration of our constitutional rights are restored and respected in our own country of origin & birth. The Constitution should not be relinquished which is the key to our rights and we should not hesitate to sacrifice our lives for the safeguarding the constitution of India.
The BJP, on the one hand, has launched a nationwide support campaign to suppress the protests against the NRC, NPR, CAA, and on the other hand, has left its middlemen in all parties, constituency groups and civil society who do not protest. Until these black laws are withdrawn, the protests must continue in full swing for a long time.
(1) Two students of Jamia Millia, who were bravely resisting the police, were stabbed in police crackdown during a protest on December 13 in the police crackdown.
(2) And now ShaheenBagh’s grandmothers have steadfastly expressed their determination and courage in the freezing temperatures of Delhi NDTV. These domestic women understand the implications of CAA they are willing to die in this cold demanding the repealing of the CAA but are not willing to end their protest and are ready to talk to any representative of the government. This passion is born out of the oppression to which they have been subject to due to which the poor have not’s of the country have come out to fight it out.
(3) The letter that Chandra Shekhar Azad has written to Dalit brothers against the NPR, CAA, is to be written in golden words. Azad writes that today the law is only visible against the Muslims, but tomorrow we Dalits and Adivasis are going to be next victims.
RSS and BJP leadership should take lessons, that vulnerable people are involved in peaceful protests across the country. Efforts are on by the government to declare it as violent, in which they are failing. The government believes that the exams are near and after the exams, the students will return to their homes, and they will be able to adjust their circumstances accordingly. This is highly unintelligent of BJP. The public protests include men, women, boys and girls of all ages, well-educated people. Suppressing this protest can be costly to RSS and can lead to a crushing defeat.
The public demands that Muslims should be included in the CAA and the NPR should be imposed instead under the Census, Act of Citizenship Act or otherwise a large section of minorities who do not have 5 papers with legacy data will be affected will lose their identity and nationality. Protests against this black law should continue until it is withdrawn.