NRC & New Citizenship Law: Views
NRC & New Citizenship Law are burning issues in India today, thanks to Modi’s divisive politics. In this blog I have analyzed the subject.
What is New Citizenship Law?
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) has a amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 to give a path to Indian citizenship to illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from
The Act exempts the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Tripura, included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution from its applicability. These tribal areas include Karbi Anglong in Assam, Garo Hills in Meghalaya, Chakma district in Mizoram, and Tribal Areas district in Tripura. It also exempted the areas regulated through the Inner Line Permit which includes Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland. The inclusion of Manipur in Inner Line Permit was announced on 10 December 2019.
Why NRC & New Citizenship Law are Important for Modi?
- Indian economy is in a bad shape. Modi’s false propaganda is incapable of hiding the truth about the economy for long.
- It is apparent to the people that Modi has failed on the front of governance.
- With the judgment coming on Ram Mandir & abrogation of Article-370 there were no divisive issues left to sustain tension and continue the pot boiling on Hindu-Muslim issues, which are an essential ingredient of Modi’s divisive politics, successful now for 6 years.
- The NRC, pursued so vigorously in Assam, by Modi left even Modi supporters unhappy because apparently the 19-lac people who could not prove their citizenship included a large percentage of Hindus.
Modi’s Prime Driving Forces in Life
Modi’s prime agenda in life is remaining in power. For this he is prepared to sacrifice anything, including national interests, legal and ethical norms: evidence: demonetization, electoral bonds, establishment of government in Goa, Karnataka & Haryana & failed attempt to do so in Maharashtra. The pursuit of NRC & Citizenship Law is consistent with this aim to achieve the following:
- Divert attention from mis-governance.
- Continue the divisive politics of Hindu-Muslim in pursuance of power.
Modi’s Blatant Methods
Past Congress governments in Assam & Mamata in Bengal did benefit in elections through Bangladeshi immigrants. The Congress method of doing things was on the sly while Modi’s methods are blatant. Example: Congress promoted crony capitalism but Sonia never traveled in the aircraft of a corporate or advertised for a corporate. Modi has openly traveled in Adani’s aircraft & advertised for Jio. Congress used dubious money in elections but Modi legalized used of black money through electoral bonds. Now Modi is playing his divisive vote-bank politics openly.
Modi’s Priorities Have Nothing to Do with National Priorities
At the moment the nation is going through an economic crisis. Modi has no time for the nation but is focused on pursuing his own agenda of division and pursuit of power.
Understanding Immediate Aim of NRC & New Citizenship Law
The agenda of NRC in Assam was to put Muslims in detention camps and disenfranchise them and consolidate Hindu vote-bank. The NRC exercise conducted at an expense of Rs 1,400 crore to the government and immense harassment to the poor, failed to achieve this objective and hence was denounced by the BJP.
With the New Citizenship Law, it will be possible to legalize the citizenship of all non-Muslims who had failed to prove their citizenship during NRC in Assam after 5 years. Thus, only the Muslims out of the 19-lac people who could not prove their citizenship would be disenfranchised and put in detention camps.
Long-term Aim of NRC- New Citizenship Law
The use of NRC- New Citizenship Law is in keeping with the formation of Hindu Rashtra as envisioned by Savarkar and Godse. It will keep the Muslims in fear and India divided for a long time.
Why North-East is Burning?
The North-East Region is concerned that the immigrants will change the demography of the region and that is why the region is protesting.
Impact of NRC- New Citizenship Law on Sub-Continent
Some Hindus may be tempted to come to India from Pakistan and Bangladesh and some Muslims tempted to leave India. Both these things will help consolidate BJP vote-bank. Non-Muslims may face greater discrimination in these countries; this suits Modi’s politics.
Constitution & Judiciary
The New Citizenship Law is in violation of the secular spirit of India and Article-14 of the Constitution. People opposed to Hindutva policies of Modi and genuinely concerned about India are hoping that the Supreme Court will declare the Act void as it is against the basic structure of the Constitution. I have no such hopes. Reasons to believe so are some of the recent past events:
- The Supreme Court did not declare abrogation of Article-370 illegal, though I feel that it is an undemocratic act.
- Ayodhya verdict was more in keeping with the majoritarian sentiments rather than the spirit of fairness and justice.
Indira Gandhi did a lot of damage to Indian democracy and violated the spirit of the Constitution. Modi has been doing the same. Indira did it over a short span of time & Modi has been doing it over a much longer span of time. Indira fell because of her misdeeds (absolute power corrupts absolutely) & so will Modi. It will take a lot of time for the next government, after the fall of Modi, to start restoring democracy in India. How long it takes is difficult to predict but the inevitability is very much there because people will someday come to realize that they are being fooled and they need the government to take care of the genuine issues like economy, jobs, farmers and so on. Modi cannot keep India, in which Shahrukh, Salman & Amir Khans are loved across the country as Hindu Pakistan for long. Cheers!