We Must Boycott the Fundamentally Discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens

by Ritwik on December 18, 2019

Nation wide protests against the CAA-2019 and the NRC | Image Credit: ABP

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Everyone who believes in a pluralistic and inclusive India should boycott the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA 2019) and the proposed National Register of Citizens. Kudos to the state governments (Punjab, WB, Chattisgarh, Kerala, etc.) which have announced that they will not participate in this exercise.

As the UN has said, a naturalization law based on religion (i..e, the CAA 2019) is fundamentally discriminatory. As secularism is a part of the ‘basic structure’ of the constitution as defined by the Supreme Court, it seems that this amendment is blatantly unconstitutional and should be struck down in its entirety.

For those claiming that “this won’t affect Indian Muslims”, there are two points to consider:

  1. It is clearly wrong for a secular democracy to have differentiated criteria for offering asylum and citizenship on religious grounds. Just like it was wrong for the US government, among others, to deny many Jewish people escaping German persecution entry into the US in the late 1930s. This is now correctly regarded as a shameful chapter. Let us learn from history and not repeat terrible mistakes that other democracies have made.
  2. Under the CAA 2019, it is far easier for non-Muslims to stay on in India as full citizens even if they are unable to produce documentation “proving” their citizenship. This means that the CAA 2019 has given the police and the administration a serious threat to dangle over the huge number (200 million) muslims who live in India.

Apart from the sheer inhumanity and unfairness of this (since it treats Muslims differently from all other religious groups), it is a nightmare for social peace, communal harmony, and ultimately stability and economic growth. This makes the CAA 2019 and the associated NRC exercise deeply anti-India and should be resisted by all people who value peace, stability, human rights, and economic growth in India.

Finally, PM Modi wrote about “Indian ethos” on Twitter, referring to protests against the NRC. To have an immigration law which picks and chooses people based on religion is a fundamental betrayal of Indian ethos as well as India’s history.

One comment


I am afraid if you have gone through the CAA 2019. What you have produced is absolute twisted meaning of it.
CAA states about those Non-Muslims who are living in Indian as migrant and migrated till December 31, 2014. It further states that these migrants shall not be considered as Illegal migrant and can be given Citizenship of India. CAA doesn’t state that Citizenship can be given to n-number of Non-Muslims who wish to come back to India.

There is another point that these people must be living in India for 6 Years at least.
I don’t where this threats Muslims living in India or theirs Citizenship. And by any means, if Muslins are threatened in India, they are many Muslim countries where they go and live.
The kind of protest seen in last few days, do u feel by any means that they deprived of any rights in India??

by Satyajit Singh on December 18, 2019 at 11:44 am. #

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