Many had hoped that the idea of amending citizenship laws in ways which exclude from citizenship people of just one religious identity would be abandoned in the face of vehement opposition in the states of India’s Northeast.…
But it is now apparent that the Union government, the ruling party and their ideological lodestar, the RSS, are determined to introduce both the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and national NRC, in pursuit of their political agenda.… Several BJP chief ministers and leaders call for the extension of the NRC to their states. And Mohan Bhagwat, RSS chief, assures Hindus that they will not be harmed in any way by the NRC.
The result is widespread panic and dread in Muslim settlements across India, including in Bengal, Bihar, UP and the metropolises. People are desperately asking what documents will be required to prove they are Indian citizens, what the cut-off year will be – 1971, 1947, 1951, 1987 – and what will be the consequences for those who cannot muster these documents. No one in the ruling establishment is supplying answers, and the trepidation and confusion only mounts each day. Even in our homeless shelters in Delhi, Muslim homeless people are asking us – What will become of us?…
- A Bill that undercuts key constitutional values – By Gautam Bhatia (Oct 7, 2019, The Hindu)
- Make no mistake, Amit Shah’s NRC plan is both bigoted and unconstitutional – By Rohan Venkataramakrishnan (Oct 3, 2019, Scroll.in)
- Why Amit Shah wants to amend the Citizenship Act before undertaking countrywide NRC – By Udit Misra (Oct 3, 2019, Indian Express)
- India’s migration politics could lead to disaster – By BZ Khasru (Oct 6, 2019, Statesman)