“Citizenship Amendment Bill is against Indian Muslims” is the tagline Imran Khan is propagating. While it has nothing
to do with Indian citizens, Muslim or otherwise, as it seeks to grant citizenship to religious minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. People belonging to Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikhs, Parsi or Christian communities from these three
countries, who have come to India before 2014, to escape religious persecution and already living in India, will be able to apply for citizenship after the Act is signed an put into effect. No Indian citizen will be asked to produce any
document to prove citizenship.
“Muslims from other countries can’t become Indian citizens after CAB is passed”
is what Pakistani establishment says. Far from that, CAB is a special one-time measure for the religious minorities who have already come to India after facing persecution in the three specified countries only.
While at it, the amendment does not cancel the existing naturalization laws.
Any person from any foreign country seeking to be an Indian citizen can apply for the same under the existing laws.
There is no bar on Muslims from anywhere in the world to seek Indian citizenship under existing laws, CAB does not prohibit that.
not provide citizenship to Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikhs, Parsi or Christian including Muslim communities, if they are from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Myanmar, Indonesia,
Malaysia or from any other nation, even if being persecuted on religious grounds, or otherwise.
Then if Muslims
are on equal footing with all other communities including Hindus, why are Muslims being left out from clause of a grant of citizenship in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh?
Answer lies partly in the United Nations 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol definition of a Refugee: “A refugee, according to the Convention, is someone who is
unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion”. And “ Member nations
can, at their discretion make available citizenship based on these underlying aspects, grounded on international justice and the refugee’s moral obligation to characterize their interests in the parent state”.
Hence it naturally answers the Pakistani gaffe “If CAB is about religious persecution, why Shias, Ahmadiyyas, Balochs, and Rohingyas are not included”. It is
because all these groups are the ethnic majority of Muslims. As Muslims, they are not minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. As also, being the majority religion in these states, according to UN resolution referred above, we humans have a moral
obligation to give chance for such refugees, to reclaim and characterize their rightful interests in their parent state.
this Act is NOT partial to Muslims, on the contrary, it gives the world an example of an unprecedented Equal Basis to Muslims, at par with all other Religions, which can only be seen in India.
Citizenship Acts is in force, in a majority of American, European, East European, Asian and African countries, in a similar manner as CAA 2019 of India, based
on religion and ethnic grounds. Like all other countries, and ingoing with UN Resolution on Refugees, CAA is in conformity, respecting religions and ethnicity alike. It is especially giving an unprecedented equal footing to all Muslims from around
the World, with Hindus, Christians amongst others and all.
However, Pakistan and ISI get a unique opportunity to brew
a religious divide in Indian Society. It aims to put the National Government falsely in a bad light internationally while trying to fool the susceptible innocents of the society, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike.
21 Dec 19/Sarturday Written by Fayaz