CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL AND ASSAM

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CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL AND ASSAM

Pradyut Acharjee | November 02, 2018 13:42 hrs


Assam has seen many protests over the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The Bill has been termed “Anti-Assam” by BJP's ally Asom Gana Parishad(AGP), and similarly criticized by other regional parties.

Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Bill visited Assam and Meghalaya to hear from the locals, it did so amid protest voices which said the move would make Assam a “dumping ground for Hindu Bangladeshis”

#With The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the government plans to change the definition of illegal migrants.

 The Bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha on July 15, 2016, seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to provide citizenship to illegal migrants, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who are of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian extraction.

However, the Act doesn’t have a provision for Muslim sects like Shias and Ahmediyas who also face persecution in Pakistan.

#The Bill also seeks to reduce the requirement of 11 years of continuous stay in the country to six years to obtain citizenship by naturalisation.

Whose brain is behind this?

The BJP had promised to grant citizenship to Hindus persecuted in the neighbouring countries during the 2014 General Election. In the party's election manifesto, the BJP had promised to welcome Hindu refugees and give shelter to them.

Now who are illegal immigrants?

According to the Citizenship Act, 1955, an illegal immigrant is one who enters India without a valid passport or with fake documents.

 

Why and who all are opposing the Bill in Assam?

BJP's coalition partner Assam Gana Parishad has threatened to cut ties with the party if the Bill is passed. It considers the Bill to work against the cultural and linguistic identity of the indigenous people of the State. NGOs such as The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti and students' organisation All Assam Students’ Union also have come forward opposing the Bill.

All Opposition parties, including the Congress and the All India United Democratic Front, have opposed the idea of granting citizenship to an individual on the basis of religion. It is also argued that the Bill, if made into an Act, will nullify the updated National Registration of Citizenship (NRC). The process of updating the NRC is currently underway in Assam.

The first draft of the updated list was concluded by December 31, 2017. The second draft is yet to be released.

How will the Bill affect the updated NRC list?

While Bill is designed to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees persecuted in neighbouring countries, NRC does not distinguish migrants on the basis of religion. It will consider deporting anyone who has entered the State illegally post-March 24, 1971, irrespective of their religion. But if the Bill becomes an Act, the non-Muslims need not go through any such process, meaning this will be clearly discriminating against Muslims identified as undocumented immigrants.

Now, the point is that playing with the emotions of the people of the state is not bearable anymore, our people gave sacrifices for the cause, it's not a joke anymore to play with their emotions.

Assam has been bearing the load of illegal immigrants for ages, its enough now ;why assam should serve as the dumping grounds for illegal immigrants?

The fight of "AASU" and many organizations of the state can’t simply go to waste ;an illegal immigrant is an illegal immigrant ,it  is not something that can ever be distinguished in the name of religion.

Its now time to wake up before its too late; playing dirty politics of polarization is not good at all ,DEMOCRACY should be uphold and foremost first, SECULARISM is the beauty of our nation  and no one should not break the harmony for their selfish motives and political gains, the impact of rapid inflow of illegal immigrants is not a hide-able thing.

Our leaders should think twice before making any comments and putting up any law into table.

Why, open protest against the bill by the state government is not evident still, someone sitting in Delhi can’t decide our fate here…

We should be wise and think before making any decision, the uprising of "ULFA" again and the bomb blasts last month to show their protest is an alarm for us for the coming dangerous situations that might take place,

 Isn't it bearable for some leaders to see the state progress peacefully and the sense of brotherhood in the air, making comments sitting in AC rooms isn't a mammoth task, but the fire that breaks out after it is faced by the common man not the VIPs, a tape on their mouth is seemed to be utility for such leaders.

Its a request KEEP QUITE at least if you can't THINK WISE...

We all should oppose the amendment in unison there is no point in supporting it and stop these dirty motives of hampering the whole NRC process to run smoothly.

There are a lot of problems in our country which are still not getting solved and we ironically are calling others from our neighbourhood to solve their problems.

It’s a request to listen to the masses and give respect to their views

                         "CITIZENSHIP IS NOT FOR SALE"

      (its a stigma associated with the demography of ASSAM)

                                       "JOI AAI AXOM"

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