India, the world’s largest democracy named after the river Indus in current Pakistan is rich in heritage and culture with a civilisation thousands of years old.
But today India is burning in the anti CAA( India’s new citizenship law ) protests which are said to be the first step for NRC the second being NPR.But before we proceed I would like to explain few terms.
What is NRC?
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register of all Indian citizens whose creation is mandated by the 2003 amendment of the Citizenship Act, 1955. Its purpose is to document all the legal citizens of India so that the illegal migrants can be identified and deported.
What does the CAA(India’s new citizenship law) Act say?
The Act seeks to amend the definition of an illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation. They will be granted fast track Indian citizenship in six years.
What is NPR?
The National Population Register (NPR) a list of “usual residents” of the country. It is compulsory for every usual resident of India to register in the NPR. This includes both Indian citizens as well as a foreign citizen. The objective of the NPR is to create a database of every usual resident in the country.
So today we will see how the CAA(India’s new citizenship law), NRC, NPR goes against the idea of India as Jinnah believed in two-nation theory on the basis of religion but today we see Pakistan is divided into east and west Pakistan that is Bangladesh having the same religion in the majority.
To understand India and what it is let’s go back to see
1. Swami Vivekananda on C.A.A(India’s new citizenship law)
An excerpt of the Speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda on September 11, 1893, at the first World’s Parliament of Religions on the site of the present-day Art Institute
I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth.
2.C.A.A.(India’s new citizenship law)goes against Article 14 of the Indian constitution
“The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India.”
3.C.A.A.(India’s new citizenship law) is against Idea of India
India denied Jinnah’s two-nation theory on the basis of religion and accepted The Nehruvian model of development — based on the four pillars of Parliamentary democracy, secularism, economic planning for establishing a welfare estate and the policy of non-alignment but the India’s new citizenship law doesn’t follow this idea of India.
4. The preamble of our constitution contains secularism
TEXT TO THE PREAMBLE:
We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN, SOCIALIST, SECULAR, DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLIC and to secure to all of its citizens;
Secularism is inherent in the basic structure of the Constitution. The Home Minister cannot presume to forget constitutional history and assume that constitutional values such as secularism are just meaningless words to be redacted from a document
Learning from history
As once Karl Marx said “history repeats itself first as tragedy and later as farce”
Yellow badges (or yellow patches), also referred to as Jewish badges (German: Judenstern, lit. Jew’s star), are badges that Jews were ordered to wear in public during certain periods by the ruling Christians and Muslims, especially in Nazi Germany. The badges served to mark the wearer as a religious or ethnic outsider, and often served as a badge of shame.
and later on, we knew what happened to the jews and the holocaust.
CAA(India’s new citizenship law), NRC and NPR do not go with the ethos of India. This will be harassment and burden for poor Indians.