Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 - Protest in Assam against this bill
Hello steemians, few days ago a 16 years old boy from Assam was detained by the police twice for making a video on YouTube. He was booked on the defamation sections 500 and 505. Police had detained him because he showed the courage to raise his voice against the Government. He had made the video on Citizenship Amendment Bill. He had used very local household language in the video and did not use any bad language. You can say most of all he had used “unparliamentary language”; It was only to talk for his rights and to bring out the wrong talks of the Government in front of the people. Government threaten him for this by using their puppet police. I don’t like this at all when Government tries to curb the truth. The government thinks itself as some dictator and tries to curb down the freedom of speech in the democracy. How much ever the Government will try to curb the truth, the truth will raise that much higher. They have even filed a police complaint against me and now they have threatened this boy to the extent that he deleted his YouTube channel. But we will not let his voice go down friends, I have made this post on the same issue that he has made on, Citizen Amendment Bill.
Let’s go back to 2014, when Narendra Modi was giving a speech.
After 16th May, this Bangladeshi will pack their bags and run away. Friends the issue of Illegal Immigrants who come from Bangladesh in the North Eastern part of our country especially Assam was a very sensitive issue.
On the basis of this issue the Northern eastern states have voted for Narendra Modi and BJP.As you can see in this video he is saying that he will make the Bangladeshi run away or stop the illegal immigration. But nothing of this sort happened and just like the other things, our prime minister’s promise also turned out to be just a fake. Nothing was done to stop the illegal immigration infact the upcoming Citizen Amendment Bill is promoting it. This bill is changing the definition of the illegal immigrants or you can say that it is giving a very easy way to them to become the legal citizens and give citizenship. Till now if someone wants to get the Indian citizenship by naturalization process then they had to stay here for 11 years continuously. But after this bill gets passed this 11 years limit will reduce to just 6 years. So, one, the time to become the citizen is reduced to very less, almost half and second the illegal immigrants will get the chance to become citizens. Till now only legal immigrants could become the citizen but this is giving chance to the illegal immigrants too. Third problem with this bill is that it is very biased in terms of the religion friends. This bill is made only for Hindus, Christains, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains and Parsis, that means here Muslims and Atheists are not mentioned. For this the Government says that Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan which are our neighbouring countries, there the minorities are facing a lot of discrimination. This is somewhat true friends because if you are going to see the Hindu population in Bangladesh then you can find that it has been reducing and they have even faced attacks. There are attacks on the temples and hate crimes have increased in Bangladesh. So, Government is correct here that due to the increase in the hate crimes, this bill is made so as to provide them shelter. But the government is showing biasedness here because in Pakistan there is one Ahmedaiya Muslims who face a lot of discrimination and they are not included in this bill. So, Government has not taken into consideration all those who are facing discrimination and those who are not. But the bigger issue than this is that Friends, people of Assam including me don’t want any kind of immigration to come in our state. Whether they are Hindus or Muslims. We don’t want any kind of illegal immigrants, because since 1948, as the state of Assam is with the border of Bangladesh, many immigrants, refugees have come from here in case of any problem. So due to the immigration of people, Assam’s resources get badly affected and Assam has had enough of this and we don’t want it anymore. Whether you are against or for making refugees stay in our country, giving away the citizenship so easily is not right, because, imagine if your neighbour’s house caught fire, you will make him stay in your house for few days, but not permanently. After his house is again made, he will again shift back to his house, and you can help them to make their house, or help them to buy a new one but you be asking them to stay in your house permanently for the lifetime. So, this situation somewhere can be compared with the refugees as well, because the Hindu population is Bangladesh is 1.7 crores, imagine all of them coming altogether to stay in our country.
How will our country face this burden? If all these people come in our country then where will they stay? Will the Government provide housing to them or will they stay in the slums?
Already so many people in our country live in slums who will look after the educational expenses of all our people? What about their health care? their employment? Is government taking responsibilty of their jobs? Government is not giving guarantee of any such thing in this bill. So these people will come and even they will start living in the slums. It will increase the poverty and this is not going to be good for either our country or for them. Government has not thought about all of these things and just doing it for the sake of their vote bank. They think many Hindus will come from there and they can be polarized and turned into a good vote bank and most of the voices are raised against this bill is from Assam since Assam is a bordering state it will have to face the most burden. In Assam more than 200 organisations, many political parties and even few BJP members are protesting against this bill. But BJPs top people like Rajnath Singh and Ram Mahadav are in favour of this bill. and BJP is not the only party, many other parties have used illegal immigrants as the vote bank. Another name that comes to my mind is Mamta Banerjee, few years ago even she had tried to do the same, trying to give citizenship to the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. She has requested to pass a law so that people living for more than 5 years in India will get the citizenship. She has even tried to make her vote bank but now BJP is in the power and even in the center, so BJP can implement this law in actual and turn this bill into the law in the entire country. We the people of Assam are raising our voice but this law is going to get passed for the entire country and we all will get affected by this.
And this is not the first time that a protest of this kind has taken place in Assam, between 1979-1985 a very big protest had taken place against the illegal immigration coming from Bangladesh. Assam Accord was signed in 1985 after the protest of this 6 years. A cut-off date was fixed in this Assam Accord that is 25th March 1971. So, when this Assam Accord was signed in 1985, it was decided that all the immigrants who have come before this cut off date should be granted citizenship. But those who have come after this cut off date should be deported and citizenship should not be given to them. So if we see then this new Amendment bill which is going to come goes completely against this Assam Accord and contradicts it in all the way. At last I would like to say Friends that on the other hand we should understand the situation of those people who are actually discriminated and face threats to their lives in those countries. But with the amount of number these illegal immigrants are coming in our country, such affected people are not so much and they are not in such great number. I feel if the Government really wants to help them then they can do a lot of things but their intentions are not so. They just want to stay on their vote bank politics otherwise there are many ways to help them. They can pressurize Bangladesh’s PM to act on this and there are many ways to do it but they don’t want to do it. So share this post Friends, spread the truth among the people and if you like my work then you can support me by upvoting and commenting below retseem that is reaches everyone. Till than Thank You