India should have been declared a Hindu country: MHC

NEW DELHI/SHILLONG, DEC 12 (AGENCIES/IANS) | Publish Date: 12/12/2018 11:31:30 AM IST

In an order pronounced this week, a judge in the Meghalaya high court said that India should have been declared a Hindu country after Partition as it was “divided on the basis of religion”.

“Pakistan declared themselves as an Islamic country and India since (sic.) was divided on the basis of religion should have also been declared as a Hindu country but it remained as a secular country,” Justice S R Sen wrote in an order dated December 10.

Bar and Bench reported on the order, in which the court has also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and MPs to pass a law that allows Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to be given Indian citizenship.

“I request our beloved Prime Minister, Home Minister, Law Minister and Hon’ble Members of the Parliament to bring a law to allow the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to live in this country peacefully and with full dignity without making any cut off year and be given citizenship without any question or production of any documents. The judgement was in response to a petition relating to the refusal of Domicile Certificate to an army recruit, according to LiveLaw. Justice Sen himself made the following observation about it in the order, “The issue here is refusal of granting Domicile Certificate to the petitioner. I feel the difficulties faced by the residents to get the Domicile Certificate and the Permanent Residence Certificate have become a great issue today which will have to be examined since the inception of India (Bharat Barsh).”

KSU disagrees with Meghalaya HC: Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) on Wednesday “disagreed” with Meghalaya High Court order to allow Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to become citizens without production of any document.

“The recent appeal by the Meghalaya High Court to the Prime Minister to grant instantaneous citizenship to the aforesaid groups once they seek refuge in India which the Union completely disagrees without taking into account all the aspects including the demographic structure of the north eastern states of India,” KSU general secretary Donald Thabah said.

Noting that KSU is not against any humanitarian venture by India, Thabah said “the humanitarian perspective of the microscopic indigenous communities of India’s northeast should also be taken into account”.

“In north east, for example in Meghalaya, there are more than 1 million ethnic Khasis who are currently facing the wrath of unabated influx from migrants belonging to other communities,” Thabah said. KSU leader argued that if such a bill is passed or if immediate citizenship is granted to the said migrants then the indigenous communities of northeast India are bound to be wiped out by these migrants.


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