By Shiv Khera
The citizenship amendment bill which has witnessed six extensions since 2016 has crossed its first hurdle with the Lok Sabha’s clearance – eventually a step in the right direction.
The purpose of this bill is to address the mass exodus and thus the huge influx of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians etc. (non-Muslims) from our neighboring countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
The population of Hindus in Bangladesh at the time of partition was close to 30% and is currently estimated to be less than 5%. The Hindu population in Pakistan was 23% at the time of independence and is currently less than 1%. Afghanistan’s Hindu population declined since 1992 from a quarter million to less than 220 families. (Tolo news dated June 2016)
Where have these 60 million Hindus disappeared in the last few decades? They have either been forcibly converted to Islam or murdered, kidnapped, raped, and those who survived the genocide escaped to India? Why have the so-called Human Rights activists remained silent? The pseudo secularists ought to be ashamed of themselves for being selectively prejudiced.
The Hindus in these countries have been living a life of slavery and are terrorized at every step. The disappearance of millions of Hindus post the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 is one of the most horrifying genocides in human history. Islam remains the State Religion of all the three countries. What a demonstration of peaceful co-existence!
The terror-stricken population from these countries filtered into India by hook or by crook including bribing the guard for survival. Among these were countless Muslims who saw this opportunity to infiltrate into India for their personal gains and dislodge resources from those living in this country with a political agenda. Some encroached to grab resources of local residents while others escaped avoiding criminal proceedings.
However, the citizenship bill categorically states that it is applicable to only non-Muslims. Some pseudo secularists say it is discriminatory, unconstitutional and violates Article 14. Actually, it is none of the above rather it is a humanitarian issue respecting human rights.
Hindus are refugees because they were terrorized and forced to convert to Islam or get killed. To them living with dignity and survival was uppermost. Refugees have no choice but to come to India.
Muslims are infiltrators because many of them crossing the border forced their way into India for financial gains, political motives or escape from criminal activity in their home countries. Many of them are radicals supporting the ISIS groups with an agenda of changing the demographics of India by making Muslims a majority community. It is important to note that unlike the Hindus they did not leave their home country because of forcible conversion to Islam. Muslims have a choice to get settled out of many Muslim dominated countries in the world.
However, there are some immature pseudo secularists who are saying ‘why not also give the Muslims citizenship because some of them were discriminated?’ Such justifications are absurd because they are referring to internal conflicts. Internal conflicts within Muslims do not justify that India should give them Asylum. Internal conflicts cannot be compared to ethnic cleansing.
Giving Asylum to infiltrators is not magnanimity but stupidity.
By accommodating such infiltrators, aren’t we depleting our resources and adding poverty to our own citizens. We need to learn that charity begins at home. Our poor citizens have the first rights on India’s resources, not infiltrators.
I totally agree with the Assam agitation against illegal immigrants who come in as infiltrators to de-stabilize but not refugees. In fact, the illegal infiltrators should be removed from the electoral rolls. Besides, the infiltrators can be a threat to national security both internally and externally.
It is important to note that in 1947, the partition of India took place on the two nation theory with the understanding that all Muslims will go to Pakistan and Hindus will come to India.
The non-Muslim minority can be spread over evenly all over the country so that they can assimilate easily within the population.
In fact, the BJP should have kept their promise of giving citizenship to the Hindu refugees as stated in the 2014 manifesto.
Isn’t it time that we set aside our political differences and put our national interest above our own interest?
The farsighted Indians who want to see a united India on the World Map need to put their full support in helping this bill become the law for the country.