THE BRUTAL CAA

Recently speaking at a Microsoft event for editors in New York, Mr. Satya Nadella said, “I think what is happening in India is sad, primarily as sort of someone who grew up there… I think it’s just bad.” Mr. Satya Nadella is enjoying one of the most important key-positions in the Microsoft. He grew up in India’s technology hub Hyderabad and later on succeeded in getting American citizenship. BJP leaders have reacted in a very harsh manner on this statement of the Microsoft Boss. Newspapers and TV channels are replete with the resentment rather condemning statements of BJP leaders over the issue. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi said in a tweet that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s statement on CAA is a ‘perfect example’ of “How literate need to be educated.”

Discrimination against the minorities in India, particularly against the Muslims and the Christians, is not a new trend and new behaviour. In the last week of December 2019, Delhi BJP vice-president Shazia Ilmi also had to face the same discrimination when she was not allowed to go on to the stage from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering during his Sunday rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan. She complained that ‘other’ Delhi unit leaders were given the passes for the main stage. Analysts are of the opinion that she had to face this discrimination just because she is a Muslim. Shazia Ilmi had been a very active member of the Aam Aadmi Party till May 2014. Later on, she left the AAP and joined the BJP. She has accused the senior leadership of BJP Delhi unit of discrimination and favouritism. According to the Media reports Ilmi expressed her anger saying that she felt humiliated as her pass was not made while the other office-bearers of Delhi unit were allowed on the main stage.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is being seriously criticized not only in India but all over the world as it is seen as a discrimination against the Muslims and other religious minorities. It is one of the world’s darkest discriminatory laws based on religion. Even the Indian Constitution does not support such type of brutal legislation. There is a storm of protest all over the country against this new amendment. Social workers, members of different human rights organizations, teachers, actors, students and even traders are expressing their reservations over this new amendment. Bollywood actor Zeeshan Ayub said criticizing the CAA, “Everyone has been exposed and the common man has understood everything and the right-wing people cannot make a fool out of them by giving vague statements.” He complained that even the BJP leaders are not having any clear concept of this amendment; they are pushing the general public into a blind alley of confusions. Zeeshan Ayub said talking to the ANI, “The Home minister said something, the next day something else is being said in the Ram Leela; people are getting confused.”

The discriminatory CAA has enraged and infuriated a large number of youth belonging to different religious identities; most of the protesters are university students. The law enforcement agencies are treating the protesting students as they are not the Indians; they are the Pakistanis. Just a few weeks before, in Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia University, the law enforcement agencies tried to snub the protesters in the most violent manner by firing different poisonous tear gasses were on them. Media reports say that many students were seriously injured and many are still missing. Chetan Bhagat is a renowned Indian novelist; moreover, he is an ardent supporter of Mr. Modi too but he is not happy over the police action against the students protesting on the CAA. In a series of tweets, he said criticizing the BJP government, “All universities must be protected. Those who fantasize about India with a Hindu king and his subservient subjects must remember this; even if I dignified your bigotry (I don’t), you can’t wish 200 million Muslims away. Try that and India will burn, GDP will crash and your kids will be unsafe and jobless. Stop these fantasies!”

The flood of protest against the CAA is creating a lot of political as well as diplomatic problems for India. According to a report published in the Washington Post, in India’s northeast; a collection of seven states that share borders with Bangladesh, Myanmar and China, the passage of the bill sparked violent protests in which two people were killed Thursday and 25 injured by security forces. Assam is one of these seven states where the situation is at its worst. A meeting between Mr. Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was scheduled to take place in Guwahati, the largest city in Assam but because of the ongoing unrest in Assam, that visit has been cancelled. Moreover, feeling the enormity of the situation, the U.S. and British governments have urged their citizens to “exercise caution” if traveling to India’s northeast.

Lurin Jyoti Gogoi, the general secretary of All Assam Students’ Union has warned the BJP government that protest against the CAA would not stop unless the government reviews the amendment bill. He said, “The movement in Assam will intensify, and the legal fight against the citizenship act will continue.” Unfortunately, the BJP government is not feeling the severity of the matter. No one seems willing to listen to the protesting voices. Ignoring the voices of the already crushed minorities is simply a routine practice of the Modi government but this time this routine practice may prove disastrous.