Justice S.R. Sen invoked Partition, the related bloodshed and many other historical issues to ask the Modi govt to ‘save this country and its people’.
New Delhi: A judge of the Meghalaya High Court said Monday that India should’ve been declared a Hindu country after Partition, and that if anyone tried to make it an Islamic country, it would be “doomsday for India and the world”.
Justice S.R. Sen added that “only this government under Shri Narendra Modiji will understand the gravity, and will do the needful as requested above and our chief minister Mamataji will support the national interest in all respect (sic)”.
A domicile case
The court was delivering its judgment on a petition filed by Army recruit Amon Rana, who was denied a domicile certificate by Meghalaya.
“I feel the difficulties faced by the residents to get the domicile certificate and the permanent residence certificate have become a great issue today which will have to be examined since the inception of India (Bharat Barsh),” Justice Sen noted.
He added that the present “NRC process in my view is defective as many foreigners become Indians and original Indians are left out which is very sad”.
The judge made further observations about citizenship, including “anybody opposing the Indian laws and Constitution, they cannot be considered as citizens of the country”, and linked the matter to the travesty of Partition.
‘India should have been a Hindu country’
“As we all know that India was one of the largest country in the world and there was no concept of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. They were in one country and was commanded by Hindu Kingdom but thereafter the Mughal came to India and captured the different parts of India and started ruling the country and at that point of time many conversion took place by force,” said Justice Sen.
“Thereafter, the English people entered India in the name of East India Company and started ruling over India and were torturing the Indians so ultimately the independence movement started and India got its independence in the year 1947 and India was divided into two countries; one was Pakistan and the other was India (sic),” he added.
“It is an undisputed fact that at the time of partition, lakhs and lakhs of Sikhs and Hindus were killed, tortured and raped and forced them to leave their forefather’s property and compelled them to enter India to save their lives and dignity.”
He went on to add: “Pakistan declared themselves as an Islamic country and India since was divided on the basis of religion should have also been declared as a Hindu country but it remained as a secular country (sic).
“Even today, in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos are tortured and they have no place to go and those Hindus who entered India during partition are still considered as foreigners, which in my understanding is highly illogical, illegal and against the principle of natural justice (sic).”
‘Save this country and its people’
The court also directed that a copy of the judgment be delivered to the “Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Home Minister and Hon’ble Law Minister for their perusal and necessary steps to bring a law to safeguard the interest of the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhist, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos who have already come to India and who are yet to come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as well as persons of Indian origin who are residing abroad taking their historical background as discussed and quoted above. This Court expects that Government of India will take care of this judgment in the historical background and save this country and its people (sic).”
The judge clarified that he was not “against my Muslim brothers and sisters who are residing in India for generations and abiding Indian laws, they should also be allowed to live peacefully”.
Interestingly, the chief justice of the Meghalaya High Court is Mohammad Yaqoob Mir, a Kashmiri Muslim.
This report has been updated to reflect that the judgment was delivered Monday. The error is regretted.