Editorial

Obstinate logic

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 1/25/2020 11:38:24 AM IST

 Assam minister of finance, PWD and Health Himanta Biswa Sarma, is the latest to join in defence of the CAA. On January 24,2020 he stated that CAA was applicable only in Assam, Tripura and Sikkim which have Hindu Bengali population while it is not applicable in Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram which have no Hindu Bengali population. However a fact check reveals that Sikkim has a smaller population of only 6,320 Hindu Bengalis who make up 1.18% of the state’s population than Manipur, which has 30,611 Hindu Bengali speaking people comprising 1.07% of the population. In addition, the Hindu Bengalis in Sikkim are smaller in number than Hindu Bengalis in Meghalaya (2,32,525 people comprising 7.84% of the population) or Mizoram(1,07,840 people comprising 9.83% of the population) or even Nagaland(74,753 people comprising 3.78% of the population). These arguments come even as protests against CAA continue to spread nation-wide while union home minister Amit Shah has vowed that the BJP won't back an inch to revoke the Act even if all unite against it. The widening protests by thousands of youth and women is also a reassertion against the proposal to bring NRC throughout India. Shah had told parliament in December that NRC was on its way to become a pan-India exercise. This is in line with what he said on April 23,2019 that the chronology is first, CAB, then NRC not only for Bengal but for the entire country. The party has also attempted to reach out to minorities and youth who are at the forefront against CAA. The United Nations has also condemned the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of India calling it 'fundamentally discriminatory' in nature. While expressing concern over the contentious CAA, the UN urged upon the Supreme Court of India to consider the compatibility of the new legislation in accordance with the country's international human rights obligations. The combination of CAA and NRC is to permit any non-Muslim who has been left out of the NRC to just claim they are "refugees" and get citizenship regardless, while CAA and NRC are tools to harass Muslims regardless of their ancestry. In fact, it is generally believed that the BJP intended to use this combination primarily in West Bengal where elections are due in 2021. West Bengal is a big state sending 42 MPs to the Lok Sabha and the BJP wants to destabilise the communities along religious lines through CAA and NRC. The other state where CAA and NRC is being vehemently opposed is in the north east and in particular the state of Assam, which sends 14 MPs to the Lok Sabha. The BJP has been on a mission to dismantle the reasons against the CAA and NRC. Sometimes, these efforts have been contradictory. While Amit Shah had in December told Parliament that after CAA, the BJP will implement NRC; the prime minister Narendra Modi contradicted it on December 23,2019 asking "Has anything happened with the NRC yet?" He said lies were being spread about NRC. He assured the 130 crore citizens that after his government came to power in 2014 and 2019 "nowhere has the NRC word been discussed, been talked about." In all fairness, CAA or NRC should not be tools for polarising India and not necessities , at a time when the nation’s economy is in a slowdown.

 

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