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Citizenship Amendment Bill is divisive and unconstitutional; Muslim women urge parliament to reject it

by , 10 Dec 2019

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan

CAB is divisive and unconstitutional!!

 

Press Release


Noor Jahan Safia Naz

Citizenship Amendment Bill is divisive and unconstitutional; Muslim women urge parliament to reject it

Women members of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan across India have urged the parliament to reject the Citizenship Amendment Bill as it divides citizens on the grounds of religion. Victims of persecution should be given protection, support or citizenship without further discriminating with them on account of religion or gender or ethnicity. Religion cannot be a criterion for citizenship or nationality, such a premise is violative of the Constitution of India. 

Discrimination on account of religion is antithetical to the idea of India as envisaged by our founders and articulated through the constitution.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, if passed would validate the two-nation theory under which India was divided. The birth of Bangladesh in 1971 provides evidence that religion cannot be the basis of a nation and nationality. The passage of this bill will make us resemble Pakistan where the governments and army are struggling to forge a religion-based nation even 70 years after their formation.

Our liberal democratic society has opened doors and hearts to different persecuted people who sought refuge in our land without inquiring about their religious backgrounds. This fact about the large-heartedness of Indian people was highlighted by Swami Vivekananda in the World conference on Religions in Chicago. The openhearted spirit of India’s people has led to the richness and diversity of the country getting further strengthened. It is a hallmark of Indian civilization which should not be suppressed by such a divisive move.

The cabinet is mistaken in its assessment of what ordinary citizens want. We want sound economy, jobs, education, farmers’ well-being, womens’ safety and security, social harmony and peace. We do not want more division and polarization in the name of religion. The cabinet must review and revise the Citizenship Amendment Bill to remove the selective mention of religious communities. We must open our doors to all persecuted people in our neighbourhood – Srilankan Tamils, Rohingiyas, Shias, Hazaras, Ahmediyas, secular bloggers and all others who identify with our plural democratic ethos and seek refuge in our multi-cultural multi-faith nation.

Citizenship Amendment Bill is divisive and unconstitutional; Muslim women urge parliament to reject it

Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan

CAB is divisive and unconstitutional!!

 

Press Release


Noor Jahan Safia Naz

Citizenship Amendment Bill is divisive and unconstitutional; Muslim women urge parliament to reject it

Women members of Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan across India have urged the parliament to reject the Citizenship Amendment Bill as it divides citizens on the grounds of religion. Victims of persecution should be given protection, support or citizenship without further discriminating with them on account of religion or gender or ethnicity. Religion cannot be a criterion for citizenship or nationality, such a premise is violative of the Constitution of India. 

Discrimination on account of religion is antithetical to the idea of India as envisaged by our founders and articulated through the constitution.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, if passed would validate the two-nation theory under which India was divided. The birth of Bangladesh in 1971 provides evidence that religion cannot be the basis of a nation and nationality. The passage of this bill will make us resemble Pakistan where the governments and army are struggling to forge a religion-based nation even 70 years after their formation.

Our liberal democratic society has opened doors and hearts to different persecuted people who sought refuge in our land without inquiring about their religious backgrounds. This fact about the large-heartedness of Indian people was highlighted by Swami Vivekananda in the World conference on Religions in Chicago. The openhearted spirit of India’s people has led to the richness and diversity of the country getting further strengthened. It is a hallmark of Indian civilization which should not be suppressed by such a divisive move.

The cabinet is mistaken in its assessment of what ordinary citizens want. We want sound economy, jobs, education, farmers’ well-being, womens’ safety and security, social harmony and peace. We do not want more division and polarization in the name of religion. The cabinet must review and revise the Citizenship Amendment Bill to remove the selective mention of religious communities. We must open our doors to all persecuted people in our neighbourhood – Srilankan Tamils, Rohingiyas, Shias, Hazaras, Ahmediyas, secular bloggers and all others who identify with our plural democratic ethos and seek refuge in our multi-cultural multi-faith nation.

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