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India s idea diminished

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act marks a turning point in the country s history. If a Partition was imposed on it in 1947, it has now done it on itself. The controversial citizenship law will now grant citizenship to those who have come fleeing neighbouring countries on the grounds of religious persecution. Citizenship now has been defined in the name of the religion, which is really unfortunate. Though no separate space and territory has been earmarked for Muslims, the law has sent out the message that they are lesser citizens, and the country is for Hindus only. It is a travesty of the Constitution and the ideals on which the nation was founded.

Home Minister Amit Shah and other champions of the law resorted to a misrepresentation of history to defend it. Shah said the Congress was responsible for Partition and that the said law would not have been necessary but for that. This was deliberate distortion of history, coming from those whose ideological forefathers contributed nothing to the nation s freedom struggle but everything to the divisive ideology and actions that led to Partition. This was clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle black. The other statement that the law is only meant to protect the minorities coming from neighbouring countries is Orwellian speak. A legislation that had to be defended by such methods did not deserve to be passed by Parliament. There was no hiding of the BJP s stripes and spots, but it is unfortunate that its allies and opportunistic friends like the JD(U), the Akali Dal, the BJD and the Telugu parties became parties to this exercise in prejudice and malice. It is not realised that when the law and the hordes finally come for them, there may not be anyone left to speak for them.

It is an unfair and discriminatory legislation and the only hope now is for the Supreme Court to strike it down as bad in law and unconstitutional. The court has in the past protected the Constitution and its values from grasping and marauding governments. Hopefully, it will see through the clutter and deception of the Act to assert and affirm the secular core of the republic. The entire North-East, which will be directly and immediately affected by the law, has risen in protest against it, though the government tried to buy them off with some exceptions and concessions. It is for the entire country to resist the law, and to ensure that the secular core of the Constitution and the republic, founded on the equal protection and equality survives this assault on it.

 

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SAD camp organized

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Road Safety Week concludes

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