- India voted for CAB
BJP released its manifesto
on 8th of April 2019. “Nation First” section stands 4th
in the Table of Contents of the manifesto. There are total 8 points in the section
nation first. the Citizenship Amendment Bill is one of the 8 points. The
manifesto clearly promised citizenship amendment bill on Page 12.
On page 12 of Manifesto BJP
We are committed to the
enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Bill for the protection of
individuals of religious
minority communities from neighbouring countries escaping persecution. We
will make all efforts to
clarify the issues to the sections of population from the Northeastern states
have expressed apprehensions
regarding the legislation. We reiterate our commitment to protect the
linguistic, cultural and
social identity of the people of Northeast. Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs
escaping persecution from
India’s neighbouring countries will be given citizenship in India.
In General elections 2019,
BJP alone got 37 % votes resulting into victory in 303 seats out of total of
543 constituencies – An absolute majority. India voted for the BJP manifesto to
Historically politicians in
India were made fun of – for not keeping their promises and yet turning up for
next elections asking for votes. This is one of those rare occasions where a
ruling party is criticized for implementing its manifesto.
But there is a catch here. What
is being thrown at government is no fair and just criticism of noble
The CAB passed the test in Loksabha on 9th of
December and Rajyasabha on 10th of December 2019. One out of the total 18 bills tabled in the Parliament
in the winter session of November and December. The bill duly signed by speaker
and sent to President for signatures. There is no by passing of the routine
procedure of converting a bill into act.
The Act has come into effect with due constitutional procedure.
Now that I have given background of BJP manifesto before the general
election, outcome of elections and procedure followed in CAB, let’s look into
what CAB is and if it violates any provision as per latest version of constitution
of India dated 31 July 2018.
The ammendact provides
citizenship to religious minorities persecuted by majority in Islamic republics
of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The purpose of the bill is to restore
dignity, honor and pride of those humiliated by persecuting majority in these
countries. It is utter disrespect and intellectual dishonesty to seek an
amendment that includes muslims of these countries who are none other than
persecuting majority. You can not give
citizenship to persecuted minorities and persecuting majority together in one
single amendment. To say this to happen is to say – majority never persecuted –
which is rubbing salts on wounds of persecuted minorities.
And for the record, Muslims
of neighboring Islamic republics can always apply individually for citizenship
following footsteps of Adnan Sami.
There is no denial that
there are Muslims in Pakistan and Bangladesh who truly identify themselves with
the multi-cultural fabric of India and happily want to be part of it. I know
few of them in personal capacity and believe we share the similar values. But
to argue in favor of opening flood gates for communities which inherently do
not want to coexist with Impure Land is calculated dishonesty.
As regards the CAB it does
not violate article 14 of the constitution which states “Equality before
law.—The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the
equal protection of the laws within the territory of India. And this is because
the bill is unrelated to territory of India and its people.
4) Manufactured revolt of
Now coming to the last but
not the least protest part of the CAB episode. It was made clear in parliament
by Home minister Amit Shah that the bill is about giving citizenship and not
taking away citizenship of Indians. On 16th of December 2019, Prime
Minister Mr. Modi tweeted 5 times in one single day. First tweet saying that
the act illustrates India’s centuries old culture of acceptance, harmony,
compassion and brotherhood. Second tweet saying no Indian has anything to worry
regarding this Act and the act is only for those who have faced years of
persecution outside India. Third asking Indian people to stay away from any
sort of rumor mongering and falsehoods. Fourth insisting vested interest groups
should not be dividing us. And finally,
the fifth establishing that Debate, discussion and dissent are essential parts
of democracy but, never has damage to public property and disturbance of normal
life been a part of our ethos.
Debate in parliament, wide
communication on social media, pitching it in Jharkhand election rallies was
not enough. A section of India, a small one, have some other plans.
From burning down trains to damaging
the buses, from throwing stones at police to brining public life at standstill,
holding university public space to ransom, it is a measured attack, trying to
make the situation appear like “State Vs People”.
The intellectual covering
fire was tweeting frantically about protests actively encouraging people to
come out on roads. One particular Modi hater has even given list of lawyers on
twitter in case protestors get arrested. The exaggerated versions of the anger and
fake news are planted to keep the protest burning. On 16th December
2019, in one single day alone, a known Kashmiri separatist empathizer tweeted
100 times, and a known Gujrat riot activist tweeted 59 times actively
encouraging and supporting the protest.
Many of the online
protestors who are asking to include Muslims from Pakistan/Bangladesh while
providing Indian citizenship are the same people who insisted on having article
35A which stopped Indians outside Kashmir from setting in Kashmir.
Chances are in West Bengal
you may get arrested for shouting Jay Shriram in front of Didi’s convoy. But
you may be not be arrested for burning down a train. Certainly not if you are a
Bangladeshi illegal migrant.
No article in Indian
constitution provides liberty and protection to a student who is violently
protesting in universities. And yet the unhappy losers of general elections
2019 kept providing intellectual covering fire for the students.
The protest against CAA has
nothing to do with CAA. This is Award
Wapsi Rev 2.0 with additional feature of violence. The aim is to create civil
unrest like situation which did not happen in Award Wapsi Rev 1.0. The real aim is much bigger than simply
seeking abrogation of CAA. This is self-evident. A known Kashmiri separatist empathizer
reacted to Prime Minister’s tweet asking for suggestions on Mann Ki Baat — “Step
This is it. Manufactured
Revolt of Unhappy Losers of 2019. CAA is
just another opportunity to fabricate an atmosphere for case against Mr.
Modi. And if that requires pushing
country on brink of civil unrest to keep Mr. Modi’s focus away from real
challenges ahead of the nation then political opponents would not think twice.
Unfortunately, some section
of Muslims society have fallen prey to the sinister agenda set by the
protestors. It is their lack of knowledge about the bill which is being
exploited for political agenda. It is important that Muslims of India do not
fall prey to political opponents of Modi and offer their shoulders as carriers
of a manufactured revolt of unhappy losers of 2019 Lok Sabha elections.