Indians in Ireland supports CAA & NRC

Indians in Ireland supports CAA & NRC

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Overseas Friends of India, Ireland started this petition to Prime Minister of India and

“When I lived in Pakistan, I lived as a Hindu, but when I migrated to India in search of safety and dignity, I have been given a cold shoulder for being a Pakistani,” lamented Amar Ram, 20, who migrated to India in April 2014.

Ignore the alarmist propaganda: The new Citizenship Act doesn't mean Modi is creating a 'Hindu Pakistan.' It is an occupational hazard of democracies to be subjected to charges of betrayal and authoritarianism - even fascism - by citizens dissatisfied with government policies. In an age when social media often determines perceptions, these shrill charges have often found international reflection.

CAA - Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, approved by both Houses of Parliament with a clear majority after spirited debates, fast-tracked citizenship applications for persecuted minorities - namely Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis (Zoroastrians) - from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who entered India until 2014. 

This was a response to the reality of a very large number of refugees who entered India both legally and illegally, primarily to escape religious persecution at the hands of Islamists. The numbers are difficult, if not impossible to estimate, particularly in relation to the influx from Bangladesh. But the reality of stateless people living a pitiable existence is inescapable. 

Why this amendment is extremely important, but perhaps too late to be implemented post-independence? 
In March 1940, during the Muslim League's annual three-day session in Lahore, Jinnah gave a two-hour speech in English, in which were laid out the arguments of the Two-nation theory, stating, in the words of historians Talbot and Singh, that "Muslims and Hindus ... were irreconcilably opposed monolithic religious communities and as such, no settlement could be imposed that did not satisfy the aspirations of the former." On the last day of its session, the League passed, what came to be known as the Lahore Resolution, sometimes also "Pakistan Resolution", demanding that "the areas in which the Muslims are numerically in majority as in the North-Western and Eastern zones of India should be grouped to constitute independent states in which the constituent units shall be autonomous and sovereign." 

According to an article in Dawn "Hindu refugees from Pakistan encounter suspicion and indifference in India" by Uzair Hasan Rizvi, due to religious persecution in Pakistan, Hindus continue to flee to India. Most of them tend to settle in the state of Rajasthan in India. According to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan data, just around 1,000 Hindu families fled to India in 2013.

Why you should support CAA:

For Kishan Ram, 32, the decision to migrate to India was a tough one, as he had to leave behind his newborn child because he could not get her a passport. “The authorities denied a passport to my younger child, so I had to leave her behind at my brother’s place,” he said. “My wife and my elder daughter accompanied me as soon as we got the pilgrim visa for India.”

Jamna Devi, 50, who spent almost her entire life in Pakistan, crossed the border with great expectations. “Women are also disrespected there, “ she said. “We had to face verbal jibes, sometimes they were directed at us, sometimes towards our religion and customs. We were scared, however, coming here has been no good for us until now as people don’t treat us well here either. We are being neglected both by society and the Indian government.”

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