“Krishna Tumhe Aana Hee Hoga”
“Bharat Ke is Mahabharat main Krishna Tumhe Aana Hee Hoga”,
(Lord Krishna you have to come, in the present Maharbharat of our country you have to come)
The hymn is dedicated to Lord Krishna, that was recited by nine-year-old Binish Shaikh at the Eidgah grounds of ongoing women protest in Jafar Nagar, Nagpur on Tuesday. Binish was among the children who addressed the over 400 protesters gathered at the ground on the third day of the agitation held by Nagpur Peace Organisation. It will go on till January 29 in support of Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh women protesters.
The hymn is an SOS to Lord Krishna seeking his help in the struggle that has seen mostly Muslim participation across the country after till now. Amid the protests, lecture on the issue to sensitize different communities about the Act was conducted at Vasantrao Deshpande Hall.
The Session was attended by former UGC chairman Sukhadeo Thorat and journalist-turned-politician Kumar Ketkar. During the session, Mr. Thorat Said, “The provisions of the CAA will invite blatant discrimination between various religions. It is unconstitutional and immoral.” The talk ‘Truth behind the unconstitutional CAA, NRC and NPR were organized by the Federation of Organisation for Social Justice, Secularism and Democracy on Tuesday evening. Thorat said, “CAA aims to provide a healing touch to the persecuted communities except for the Muslims in three Islamic countries. That kind of legislation is discriminatory in nature. The original 1955 Act is based on secular principles”
Ketkar, who was the chief guest, said, “Because of CAA, tribal communities will be unfairly affected. These people live in forests where there are no municipalities or Zilla Parishads and sometimes they don’t have religious affiliations and sometimes are not even aware of it. How will the government implement NRC?”
The protests erupted in India against the Implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), enacted into law on 12 December 2019 and proposal to enact a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC). The protests began in Assam and other Northeastern states on December 4, 2019, against the results of NRC exercise being carried out in Assam and CAA. On December 15, 2019, the students of Jamia Millia Islami New Delhi held peaceful protests against the newly formed law, but soon the situation turned violent after the clashes between the students and police resulting in the casualty of students and many were arrested. In response, the residents of the area swarmed to streets to protest against the arrests. Although the arrested students were released the protests ceased to stop n the nearby area of Shaheen Bagh and even several universities, premier educational institutes, colleges joined in solidarity with students of Jamia Millia Islamia. The Shaheen Bagh protest, an ongoing 24/7 sit-in peaceful protest, led by women, has become the longest ongoing continuous protest against CAA-NRC-NPR. The demand of the protestors is revoking the newly formed law, CAA and implementation of NRC.
The Amendment benefits Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian and Parsi, and refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who sought refuge in India before 2015, except the Muslims and others from these countries, as well as refugee Sri Lankan Tamils in India, Rohingyas from Myanmar and Buddhist refugees from Tibet.
The proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be an official record of all legal citizens of India where individuals would have to provide a prescribed set of documents issued before a specified cutoff date for inclusion in the register. Those who fail to qualify for the NRC will be able to avail of the benefits of the CAA if they claim to be religious minorities fleeing persecution from the listed countries.
Protesters throughout India, who see the new law as discriminating against Muslims are concerned that Muslim citizens of India will be rendered stateless and put into detention camps, by the proposed nationwide NRC in combination with the CAA. They are also concerned that all citizens will be affected by the bureaucratic exercise of the NRC where they will have to prove their citizenship for inclusion in the registry.