The entire country is blazing in anger over the recent implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill after it was passed in the parliament last week. There have been widespread protests all over the country against the controversial bill saying that it does not support all minorities talking about Muslims.
Many protests at Jamia Millia University, Madras University & many such universities taken out by students have been the headlines for so many days now.
So many of the opposition leaders, celebrities, other politicians have gone against the government’s decision regarding the bill. But, all said & done why the government, so firm on this decision is what we need to understand today.
Why did the Citizenship Amendment Bill come into place first of all?
The bill passed in the parliament last week was only to clear out certain vital points regarding giving citizenship to specific persecuted religions which had been facing oppression in certain countries. The three countries Pakistan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh & people belonging to religions like Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Jain, and Buddhist& Christians were only considered for this act which singled out Muslims from this act & this was the point where all the controversy began.
The bill came out in favour of all those religions that have faced a lot in the past years in the countries mentioned above & hence the government only wanted to grant them the citizenship of India even without any proper documentation to all those people who arrived in India before December 31, 2014, so that they don’t feel persecuted anymore.
Government’s explanation of not including Muslims in the act.
The government was very clear in pointing out that the 3 countries Pakistan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh have a population that consists more of Muslims hence this community cannot be treated as being persecuted or oppressed & therefore, the bill only includes other minorities.
What does Home Minister Amit Shah have to say about this?
Amit Shah believed that the entire act & passing of the bill was taken in a very negative light by the oppositions & hence they are trying to create hatred in the country by falsely propagating the issue & this includes Congress, TMC, AAP, Left & other parties.
He also questioned people about how the CAA is against any citizen of India & also requested people to have faith that no injustice would be done to any Muslim citizen of this country.
Amit Shah also confirmed that the center is not going to go back on the law & lakhs & crores of people who came to India to protect their faith will be safeguarded.
Shah also talked in favour of the police saying that they have the right to take actions against people who destroy public property & that protests are only being held in 22 universities out of 400.
Who others are in favour of the act?
Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also supported the CAA by saying that the Prime Minister & party ministers have already specified that the CAA does not question the citizenship of any minority in the country. And that many are giving it a communal twist & spreading wrong information about the same.
In the Seelampur incident, Joint Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar confirmed that no bullets were fired; only tear gas shells were used. Transports like buses, rapid action force bus & some bikes were damaged& a police personnel was injured.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also of the opinion that CAA is not anti-muslim. He addressed the Indian community in New York during an event organized by the Consulate General of India that our culture never teaches us to hate.
Also, Amit Shah & PM of India Narendra Modi blamed Congress for spreading false information & fear & speaking white lies on CAA by scaring Muslims of India & spreading violence. Shah also blamed Congress for playing the ‘divide & rule” policy.
Why seeing the CAA from a different angle is also necessary?
Let’s get this straight that the government’s only motive was to grant citizenship to refugees of certain religions only because they did not consider Muslims as a minority in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan & Bangladesh. Also, they very clearly mentioned that the CAA does not question the citizenship of any minority.
Also, it was specified earlier by Amit Shah that Muslims have the right to apply for citizenship of India from other countries as per the existing rules & that as many as 566 were also granted citizenship.
All of the fire that has been spread so much regarding the passing of the bill somehow also seems to be gone out of proportion looking at how the oppositions are taking advantage of this & also spreading rumours about many incidents that did not take place at all.