Ask 21 Questions on CAA-NPR-NRIC when BJP/RSS Workers Visits Your Homes
For the past six years, the country had seen rising intolerance, lynching and systematic attempts for silencing critics, sieging institutions of higher learning. Moreover, minority rights were also under attack. The cynical way of subverting the long-standing arrangement with Kashmir along with suppressing the people of Kashmir shocked the conscience of the world. Although some voices of protests were raised, most of the Indians had to remain quiet as they were very scared for speaking out.
Indians have welcomed the decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for organizing the door-to-door campaign supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC). However, the protestors and activists have issued a set of questions that need to be put forward when they are visiting the homes.
The activists decided that whenever the BJP and RSS cadre comes to home for ‘educating’ people on citizenship and the laws, the people should welcome them and being educated, they should be insisted on advising the commentators and protestors. They should be asked for details and answer the following questions:
The Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019:
1. Existence of provision for granting Indian citizenship to the non-Muslim refugees before the introduction of CAA.
2. Suppose a Muslim refugee asks for Indian citizenship earlier, was the government forced to fulfil his or her demand? Did the government not enjoy the power of refusal?
3. If the government already enjoyed the power of refusal or granting citizen, what are the extra power and authorities invested at their hands?
4. Have the Muslim refugees lost the permission of asking for Indian citizenship after passing of CAA? Will, the government give the person the citizenship if he or she requests?
5. How many refugees belonging to Hindu, Jain, Parsi, Sikh, Christian and Buddhist religion have been given citizenship by the government until date?
6. When the government already exercised the right to grant or not to grant citizenship to the refugees, and Muslims could still apply under the old law for citizenship, then it calls for an explanation for introducing the new law. The only exception is that the minimum duration for staying in India as a refugee or an illegal immigrant has been reduced from 11 years to 5 years. What was even the need for doing so?
7. December 31, 2014, has been set as the cut of date. Why did the government do so? Because there was no infiltration after that date?
National Register of Indian Citizens:
1. What will be the cost of preparing the NRIC across the country?
2. NRC in the Indian state of Assam took Rs. 1600 crores, 10 years of time along with engagements of 52000 people for the work. The state with a population of a little more than 3 crores, how long and amount of people the government requires for completing the verification of the citizenship of 135 Crore people?
3. If the expenditure of only a small state as Assam is an indication, the government would spend at least 72,000 crore Rupees for conducting the complete procedure.
4. There are several non-citizen Muslims living in the country. How will the government deal with them? Will the government deport them? Was the Modi Government able to deport the Bangladeshi migrants successfully? If yes, then how many?
5. Are the government documents such as Adhaar number, Voter ID, PAN card, Passport and birth certificate valid for proving citizenship?
6. The government stated the above-mentioned documents are proof of residency. Then what are the valid proofs of citizenship?
7. Suppose the information or names of any person in the NRC is written or mistyped by the ‘Babu’ or officers. What will happen in that case? Will the citizenship stand cancelled until that the mistakes are rectified?
8. What will happen to the children born after 1987, if their parents failed to have the proof of their date of birth, place of birth and citizenship? Because according to the law both the parents must be certified Indians for their children’s citizenship.
9. What will happen to the citizens or children born after 2003 and if their parents failed to produce date of birth, place of birth or proof of their citizenship?
10. Will those cases go for appeal who are unable to prove their citizenship due to any clerk’s mistake? What is the time given for deciding the appeal? This is because their citizenship would be cancelled during the appeal.
11. The Adhaar project is running for 11 years old, the PAN card for 25 years and the Indian Passport for 70 years. If there are leakages and the holders of these cards are ‘foreigners’, then what is the guarantee that the NRIC is free from such flaws?
12. Suppose, there are people who do not have these documents and hiding in our country. Will these people show up in the presence of NRIC officials and state that they are not having these documents?
13. Will NRIC prohibit the entrance of illegal immigrants to India? The government, even after NRIC needs to detect them. Why is the government not doing the same at the beginning?
14. The Indian Republic survived and flourished well without a National Population Register until 2010 and NRIC until 2019. What is the requirement for these now?
However, all these changed with the threat of CAA-NRC-NPR. While the BJP privately informed its supporters this ‘Trishul’ is aimed only at the Muslims, in actual, millions of Indians have been tangled by the insistence of the party while proving their citizenship. As of today, even the government failed to come up the metric that needs to be implemented, but given the bureaucratic inefficiency, high level of corruption and cussedness, ‘mistakes’ are bound to happen on a large scale. The list of ‘doubtful citizens’ will be excessive and consist mainly of the poor and underprivileged population. The new laws of CAA-NRC-NPR will worst affect the minorities due to the intent behind the exercise, though the marginalized are not far behind from being affected.
The Modi government should read the mood and minds of the public and take actions accordingly. People are trying their best to avoid vague assurances.