The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India,” article 14 of the Indian constitution says.
Since the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is based on religious discrimination, it’s totally against the constitution of India. It states that all the religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh will be provided the citizenship of India excluding Muslims, justifying to the persecution of minorities in these countries. Apparently it sounds logical, but it is not in the real case.
India is a secular country. If it can provide citizenship to the minorities from the above-mentioned countries on the basis of persecution then why it couldn’t provide citizenship to the Muslim minorities on the same basis from Myanmar, Uighur Muslim from China, Tamil and Hindu from Sri-Lanka, and Ahmadiya and Shia Muslim from Pakistan. They are also marginalized in the neighboring countries.
Some people are vindicating that bill is only against the Muslims infiltrators but the reality is that it also must affect the actual Muslims citizens who have been living here for many decades. Let’s pond over the matter. CAB and NRC are linked to each other. One is of no use in the absence of others to make the plot fruitful against the Muslim community.NRC will be implemented across the country and Adhar card, pan card, voter ID card etc. will be useless to improve the citizenship, instead we’ll be asked to submit the documents of 1951 or 1971. Almost 20-25 percent of Indians are below the poverty line. They don’t even have money to fulfill their basic needs, how they will be able to keep these old documents safe till today. Besides, there is also a problem of floods and many natural and man-made disasters. As a result of a large number of people including Muslims, Hindu, Sikh etc. will be out of NRC.
Now every religious community will be granted the citizenship of India through CAB excluding Muslims. The excluded Muslims will lose ownership of everything they own. Finally, they will be sent to the horrible detention centers worse than jail.
This is the whole plan of BJP and RSS. It’s the right time to speak up for religious and political leaders especially the so called leaders of Muslims against CAB & NRC.
The author is Research Scholar at Jamia Millia Islamia University