‘‘ With the Citizenship Bill, peace in the North-east is being put to risk for one parliamentary election
recognized as the basis of citizenship, then it is the first step towards introducing two kinds of citizenships in the country. This could be the first step towards formalizing what has been happening informally in the last four-five years. Once this formality begins, this is a beginning of a road to a Hindu nation which is exactly what the
It is not surprise that it comes with NRC. What NRC, which originally comes from the Assam Accord, if properly implemented should do is weed out those who came to India after 24 March 1971. This includes Hindus as well as Muslims. Estimates say that of the 40 lakh, 25 lakh are Muslim Bengalis and 15 lakh are Hindu Bengalis who have been put in that potentially foreigner category. What this bill does is rescue those 15 lakh Hindu Bengalis. It would mean that they are no longer illegal and would legitimize their cases. What it does is opens a backdoor exit for all of them. They will escape the NRC which will then become only a Muslim witch-hunt exercise which is not what the Supreme Court wanted. It is not what the Assam movement wanted. NRC exercise has suffered for eternity. There have been ground-level discrimination allegations. What this would do is open a formal legal route for all the Hindus to escape and every Muslim to be nailed. It is not just religious discrimination. I am surprised and shocked how few Indians have taken interest in this. This potentially alters the character of our nation.
In such a situation, what