The situation in our country is declining every day and days are getting colder than nights. people are fighting for their rights, students are protesting, cops are questioning their-selves for the need of doing the things they are doing. NRC and CAA protests have grown up to a level where nobody can just ignore the facts and pass the matter. Firstly, we need to know about this NRC and CAA.
What does NRC mean?
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register maintained by the Government of India containing names and certain relevant information for identification of all genuine Indian citizens. The register was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India and since then it has not been updated till recently.
In Assam, one of the basic criteria was that the names of applicant’s family members should either be in the first NRC prepared in 1951 or in the electoral rolls up to March 24, 1971. Other than that, applicants also had the option to present documents such as refugee registration certificate, birth certificate, LIC policy, land and tenancy records, citizenship certificate, passport, government issued license or certificate, bank/post office accounts, permanent residential certificate, government employment certificate, educational certificate and court records. Now, the people who are excluded from the list will have the option to present their case before foreigners’ tribunals and if one loses there then they can further move to the higher and supreme court respectively to defend their-selves from becoming a foreigner. If we talk about the cases then there are too many cases of NRC in the 100-foreigner tribunal in Assam leading to a burden and exhausting hours for the courts. Now, suppose someone loses in the court then there are detention camps that are being made with a capacity of 3000. It is basically another term for jail where people have to live and die; they will not have the right to travel any other country and every other fundamental right will get forbidden for them. Now is the time when CAB (citizen amendment bill) plays its part.
What is citizen amendment bill?
It is a bill that has the power to provide citizenship to the people who have been excluded from the NRC. The people from the various religion like Hindu, Parsi, Isai, Sikh, Jain, and Buddhism coming from the country like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh before 31st December 2014 will be given the citizenship of the nation. Also, if these people of the above countries are facing genuine discrimination and problems then they might also get provided the citizenship of the country and enjoy the further rights and necessities. Now, the most important thing that there is in the bill is that the Muslim community has entirely been excluded from the list that means no Muslim has rights to enjoy CAB according in the way it is. Whether it be the people of the country or the outsiders; if they are Muslim, they will have to face the challenges that has been made. Any person coming from a Muslim background will have to show their documents in order to avoid the witting consequences.
Now as the bill has been passed from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and the president has as well permitted the bill; it is an act now i.e., citizen amendment act CAA. The one and most prominent thing in the CAA which is the exclusion of the Muslims has taken this protest to a different level. Staring at the protest we just cannot ignore the way this protest has made its figure in some places and it has become very important to conclude and clear the whole gibberish as soon as possible. Government should answer to every question that are being asked by the people protesting in the country. They should answer that why the issues of GDP and unemployment are getting less prioritized and suddenly the whole country is forced to talk about an issue that has no ground at this point of time in a down falling country. Government must answer that how are they going to provide the basic needs to the outsiders who are getting benefited from the NRC and CAA and are bringing their roof to India. How will they get jobs, shelter and rights in a place where our own brothers are jobless and country is facing a bad period. Also answer the most basic theory to exclude Muslim community from the bill and creating these riots at the very time when verdict of Ram Mandir case had just come a few days ago. Do the government do this knowingly or do just they ignore the circumstances and want to regulate this democracy. Every news channels have deflected the topic of telecast. Everyone has forgotten Hyderabad, GDP, unemployment and other many important issues that once were on demand. How the poorer class of this country who have no set of documents will show their birthmarks; they are in a search of food to eat three times and we are talking about searching for their grandparent’s documents. In India around 66% people didn’t vote in the election held in 2014 and many people don’t have Aadhar card and voter id because they have not been facilitated well, so how can possibly they provide every detail that honestly have very less significance at this stage in our country.
Assam as well is suffering from this problem in many different ways, ignoring the detention camps the major issue for the protest in Assam is also the demolition of assamese in Assam. Due to this policy there can be many interference of non assamese in Assam that will lead to making assamese a minority on their own land. Now consider this happening in your own state like Bihar, UP, etc. would you be able to tolerate this?
Also, it is very important for the protesters to maintain the dignity of the protest and democracy. Same goes for the officials who are assigned with a duty and can’t just backstep themselves. Any search for a solution should not lead to another complication. Keep the work going in an agreeable and educative manner. New year must be happy and democratic.