CAA: Protest at Jama Masjid in New Delhi
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and others hold a demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Jama Masjid | PTI Photo
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The Narendra Modi government, full of pride over its majority in Parliament, got the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 passed while turning a blind eye to the nationwide protests. The amended Citizenship Act is an injustice not only against the Muslim community, but also Dalit, Tribal (Adivasi), Vanvasi, Tamil, Gorkha and atheist. 

This has to be one of the world’s greatest discriminatory law based on religion. The citizenship law is against the Indian Constitution and what it means to be an Indian. To better understand its discriminatory feature, the Citizenship Amendment Act has to be seen in tandem with the National Register of Citizens (NRC), because both complement each other and stand against the preamble of the Indian Constitution.

The one who will be really affected by the CAA and the NRC will be India’s Bahujan community — the natives of this land who include Dalits, Tribals, Muslims and other minorities. We are against the CAA because it is the biggest tool thus far to eliminate the political and social power of Bahujans.


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Setting India on fire

The Modi government, intoxicated by its power of majority, may have managed to get the bill passed in both Houses of Parliament, but if the members voting there had really been representing all the citizens of India, then the country would not have been on fire like it is today. At the Jamia Millia Islamia University, the police transgressed all limits of autocracy by carrying out the brutal baton charge against hapless students. Then, it tried to completely crush the movement at the Aligarh Muslim University. But today, this movement has spread to university campuses across the country. The northeast is on fire; there are riot-like situations in Uttar Pradesh while tension is high in the rest of the Hindi belt. Reports from Tamil Nadu haven’t come and the reaction from Gorkha population in Uttar Pradesh’s Tarai region and the northeast has failed to make headlines. 

The Citizenship Act is a devious ploy to change the soul of the Indian Constitution into that of a Hindu Rashtra while leaving its cover intact. It is an organised crime against humanity. This cruel law has left the entire country burning in the fire of revolt. People must see that this law does not target Muslims alone but everyone who is a native of India. 

In India, many tribal people still live a nomadic life without any document or identity certificate. It’s the same with all the landless people who are still dependent on the landlords that they have been working for generations. There are daily wagers, those who roam around in search of work, those who don’t have a permanent residence — from where will they bring the documents? Dalits living in slums are forced to flee their shanties every time there is a heavy downpour — from where will they bring the papers? Tribal people who still don’t have access to electricity — what citizenship proof will they furnish? In one stroke, the brutal Modi regime will term all of them as ‘foreigners’. In reality, Muslims are just an excuse; the real target of this government are the native Bahujans.


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Another ploy to usurp Bahujan’s rights

Today, tribal people are being expelled from forests because they don’t have papers to show they belong. Until now, they were fighting to save the forests; now they will have to fight a battle to save their citizenship, because tomorrow, they are going to be dispelled from the country. 

Several tribes in the northeast are Muslims, who have not been able to avail citizenship for various reasons. For them, the NRC brings only difficulty and crisis. Several tribes working in the tea gardens of Assam never got the status of Scheduled Tribes. Governments come and go, but their situation doesn’t change because no one paid any attention to their woes. 

Many tribal communities like Gorkha, Koch Rajbangshi, Bodo, etc. will face hardships because of the CAA and the NRC. They will be a danger of losing their reserved resources. The NRC process will be rigged, mistakes will be introduced in their names and their citizenship will be taken away to deprive them of the reservation benefits.

The Citizenship Act seems to have emboldened those people who want India to be declared a Hindu Rashtra. Hatred is being sown against some religions and those who follow no religion. All this shows the next thing this BJP government wants to do is declare India a Hindu Rashtra, which will certainly push the country towards destruction. 

Babasaheb Ambedkar used to say not to consider him as dead after he is gone. “As long as the Constitution is alive, I am alive. Just don’t let the Constitution die.” We will not let Babasaheb die. We will protect the Constitution until our last breath.

We all have to unite to fight this. To save India and protect our Constitution, we will have to come out of our homes.

The author is the founder of Bhim Army. Views are personal. 

This article has been translated from Hindi. Read the original here.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Read Pakistan newspaper s. They want Indian Muslims and Dalits to unite. For obvious reasons. If you still don’t get it then 100 Modi cannot help.

  2. THIS ESSAY IS OPENING EYES OF EVERYBODY. PURPOSE BEHIND C A A IS TO BRING BACK SANATHNA DHARMA OF FOUR VARNAS. THIS IS CLEARLY EXPLAINED IN THIS ARTICLE.MUSLIMS ARE JUST AN EXCUSE AND REAL AIM IS TO MAKE HINDU RASHTRA AS PER FOUR VARNAS. SO UPPER CLASS SHALL BE GOING FORWARD AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHER THREE VARNAS.
    so FAR WE HAD ENLIGHTEND SOCIETY FROM THE PERIODS OF MUGHALS AND BRITISHERS. BUT THAT WILL BE DESTROYED BY THIS C A A.

    • India is the ONLY country where Hindu have majority.All the neighbors are Islamic countries so if Muslims in India do not like decisions mdae in Democratic Parliament then can move to other countries of choice.Hindus will have their own country to be proud off.JAI HIND.

  3. Tamil Nadu is witnessing protest on a daily basis.rallies and agitations are taking place in almost all the district’s of Tamilnadu..if you would like I’ll upload the images and videos of the movement. the media here is totally biased and the ruling party you know well about them. .

  4. That person could not produce his graduation certificate. And now he wants others to produce their grandfather’s birth certificate.

  5. Incoherent to say the least. Listing certain groups but not able to connect any groups by argument or reason. First impression comes of as Radia inspired media creation. Poor version of Kanahiya atleast Kanahiya has original rustic touch and gift of gab or colloquially Bak… Give him any topic and he can talk like Laloo.

  6. yo man CHANDRASHEKHAR AZAD, why do you have to malign with Ladeeda Farzana or Ayesha Renna ?? their deleted facebook posts/profiles reveals who they are.. I can’t imagine you joining hands with these people are working for their agenda. Just get away from these protests who are misleading you to go against govt.

  7. I don’t understand this logic of ‘if people can’t produce the paper work they will be denied citizenship’

    The world is digital. If one does not exist on paper, one does not exist. India is going digital in a big way. If a citizen doesn’t exist on paper, processes like the NPR / Voter ID / Ration Card / UID are the only ways they will.

    A citizen of India had the right to vote. If they don’t have the paperwork right now, then they’re not benefitting from being a citizen ie being able to vote. They are already not exercising their franchise. This logic seems to be lost in people.

    So if people are really concerned about disenfranchised people, he’s a suggestion, engage in voter registration drives (it’ll help your politics too) and awareness campaigns around the NPR instead of fanning flames of confusion and boycott.

    The CAA may be defeated in court, but the census and a citizenship register will always be a part of a country. In a digital world, how else will a country know how, and to whom, to direct benefits, subsidies, reservations, resources etc .. ?

    Mobilization is good, but digital identities are better.

    It’s unclear if Mr. Azad understands this it not. Or does he want those he represents to remain disenfranchised for political reasons?

    • Please be realistic: what digital citizenship are you talking about when the literacy rate for the whole of India is 74%? Which planet do you live on?

      • What are you talking about ? He’s talking about a digitally kept record of citizens not digital literacy.
        It’s amazing how little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Seems like we want to stay stuck in the past forever.

    • Lol 😂😂😂 this is greatest joke, you fool bjp is giving citizenship to Dalit Hindu(Matua) of Bangladesh and also of Dalit Hindu from Pak.

      This guy is joke he must also read what Ambedkar opinion was on partition & population exchange.

      • Rajvir: have you got your IQ checked? What is your mental age? What are you doing commenting among adults?

        Actually you belong to the Modi Cabinet of Ministers. You would make a good Sancho Panza to the FM’s Don Quixote.

  8. SO MUCH CLARITY LIKE KANHAIYA KUMAR AND SHEHLA RASHID AND HARDIK PATEL . THESE WILL BE THE FUTURE OF INDIA AS MAINSTREAM CONGRESS APPEARS TO BE HESITANT TO TAKE ON RABID COMMUNAL CANKER INJECTED INTO INDIAN POLITY BY THE RSS , THE BJP AND THEIR SHADOW( Y?) ORGANIZATIONS

  9. Mr. Chandrashekar, don’t just try to fish in the troubled waters for few votes. We all respect Babasaheb and his contributions. But, we also knw ur intentions (malafied lk Congress) of vote bank politics. Entire India knws that currently Indian Muslims are venting out their frustrations of Ramjanmabhoomi judgment…CAA/ NRC is just a reason.

    • “Entire India knws that currently Indian Muslims are venting out their frustrations of Ramjanmabhoomi judgment…CAA/ NRC is just a reason.” – Not true! THERE ARE ALSO LOTS AND LOTS OF HINDUS OPPOSING THE CAA/NRC! WHAT FRUSTRATIONS DO THEY HAVE? AND THE WHOLE WORLD IS ALSO OPPOSING! WHY?

  10. No one is taking nobody’s rights nowhere. The unipolar moment in Indian politics has passed. A pan Indian NRC was always a wild goose chase. Countrywide protests have shown the limits to which people can be taken for granted. Although not reflected adequately in the local media, India’s global image has hit rock bottom. What their media is saying is on the net. What foreign governments are saying, partly in public, partly in private, must cause deep unease. 2. There is speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle early in the new year. May it lead to extensive course correction.

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