Celebrities oppose firmly against CAB

Celebrities oppose firmly against CAB
Dec 16 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 12/16/2019 12:31:28 PM IST

 From Richa Chadha to Twinkle Khanna and Swara Bhaskar and Anubhav Sinha, all have spoken strongly against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).

Controversial CAB which the BJP ruled centre was so eager to implement, not only met with stiff opposition and uproar before being passed in Lok Sabha. Scientists, scribes and celebrities too are speaking up against it. Several Bollywood personalities took to Twitter to oppose the Bill before the debate on it started in the Rajya Sabha.

Actress Pooja Bhatt was among the first Bollywood personalities who openly expressed her opinion against the CAB. She quoted American intellectual and sociologist, DaShanne Stokes: If you won’t stand up against those who tear us apart with their lies, hate, and bigotry, expect to do a lot of sitting down.”

When the introduction of the Bill in Lok Sabha was favoured by 293 ‘yes’ against 82 ‘Nos’, actress Richa Chaddha succinctly wrote: God Save Us! 

Actress turned author Twinkle Khanna, was more direct in her criticism saying “Discrimination based on race, colour, caste, religion and other such social constructs in whatever form, goes against the fundamental moral integrity of the human condition.” 

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt also took a pledge not to support the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). He stated “We believe Citizenship Amendment Bill is discriminatory and it violates the constitutional values” and “We pledge not to submit any documents if asked to prove our citizenship”. Director-actor Farhan Akhtar on Sunday, hit out at troll over Citizenship Act and called a social media user “bigot” after the person asked him to reach out to Muslims, to stop destroying the country’s property while protesting the Citizenship Amendment Act.

Actress Swara Bhaskar said she doesn’t want her tax money to be wasted on such a “sick” project. Film director Anubhav Sinha admired the patience of Indian Muslims by tweeting “Dear Indian Muslims..... this too shall pass. You have shown exemplary patience past few years and you should be proud of it. I am....”

Actor Siddharth in her tweet criticised Palanisami for supporting the CAB and said had Jayalalithaa been there, she would never have supported the Bill. Several parts of India have been witnessing violent protests ever since the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was passed in Lok Sabha last week. The situation further escalated after the bill was cleared in Rajya Sabha.

The Bill, which has since become an Act, will provide Indian nationality to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis, Jains and Buddhists fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.The issue has caused widespread unprecedented violent protests in the northeast, especially in the states of Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya, with the agitating demonstrators demanding the withdrawal of the CAA claiming that the fresh legislation would jeopardize the demographic situations and life, culture and socio-economic positions to the 45.58 million populations of region. There is a strong criticism of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the entire country. But will the ruling dispensation listen?   (National Herald)


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