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Pro-CAA supporters allegedly threaten to behead Congress MLA

They also reportedly shouted slogans of “chopping up Muslims” during the rally

29 Jan 2020

Hindutva

Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party allegedly openly threatened a Congress MLA on Tuesday during a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally in Mangaluru which was also attended by Rajnath Singh, reported News18.

Speaking in the Tulu language, the men are dressed in saffron head-gear and allegedly shouting slogans of “chopping up Muslims”, with one of the protestors reportedly threatening to “behead” and beat up Congress MLA UT Khader.

 

 

Speaking to News18 about the video, UT Khader said that he would not take any action against the people who threatened to behead him because he was concerned for their families, further mentioning that those BJP workers neither had any awareness of the workings of the CAA nor the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Stating that the BJP and Sangh Parivar had a hidden agenda behind the implementation of the CAA he said, “Even the youths shouting against me in the video will turn against the BJP when they are asked to provide documents to prove their grandparents' religion.”

"The protests won't stop with my head. If beheading me, makes you happy, I'll come where you call me. Take my head peacefully, but think about the people in your families. They won't have money to pay the lawyers to fight such cases,” he added.

 

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Pro-CAA supporters allegedly threaten to behead Congress MLA

They also reportedly shouted slogans of “chopping up Muslims” during the rally

Hindutva

Supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party allegedly openly threatened a Congress MLA on Tuesday during a pro-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) rally in Mangaluru which was also attended by Rajnath Singh, reported News18.

Speaking in the Tulu language, the men are dressed in saffron head-gear and allegedly shouting slogans of “chopping up Muslims”, with one of the protestors reportedly threatening to “behead” and beat up Congress MLA UT Khader.

 

 

Speaking to News18 about the video, UT Khader said that he would not take any action against the people who threatened to behead him because he was concerned for their families, further mentioning that those BJP workers neither had any awareness of the workings of the CAA nor the implementation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Stating that the BJP and Sangh Parivar had a hidden agenda behind the implementation of the CAA he said, “Even the youths shouting against me in the video will turn against the BJP when they are asked to provide documents to prove their grandparents' religion.”

"The protests won't stop with my head. If beheading me, makes you happy, I'll come where you call me. Take my head peacefully, but think about the people in your families. They won't have money to pay the lawyers to fight such cases,” he added.

 

Related:

BJP MP Dilip Ghosh asks why Shaheen Bagh protestors aren’t dying
Union Minister says “gun down traitors” at Delhi Election rally
No development work for Muslims, my constituency will be saffronised: BJP’s Renukacharya

 

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IIT-B bars students from “anti-national” activities

DoSA issues advisory over email guidelines for acceptable behavior which include a ban on “undesirable activities

29 Jan 2020

IIT bombay

In an email sent to hostel students advising them about rules, Prof. George Mathew, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs of the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) has issued 15 guidelines for acceptable behaviour. One of these is especially curious given the present political climate.

It says, “Residents shall not participate in any anti-national, anti-social and or any undesirable activities.” This becomes particularly interesting when read with two more guideline on the list:

“No posters or leaflets/pamphlets distribution allowed in the hostel without permission from the respective hostel council or DoSA (Dean of Student Affairs).”

And

“Speeches/play/music or any other activities that disturbs (sic) the peace of hostel environment is strictly prohibited. Not allowed even if faculty is part of gathering. Only matters that are approved from DoSA office will be permitted.”

The advisory is being viewed as a violation of the right to freedom of speech and expression of students. It is noteworthy that IIT-B students had marched in solidarity with students of Jamia Milia Islamia University after the latter were attacked by security personnel for raising voices of dissent against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). IIT-B students have also been attending various other rallies across the city and participating in pro-democracy demonstrations including the protest at Gateway of India recently. Students also participated in a rally to create awareness about the Constitution on the eve of Republic Day and yet another one on January 26 titled ‘Reclaiming the Republic’.

It is also noteworthy how the email ends on an almost ominous note saying, “The security of IIT Bombay is already authorised to take action for any violation of the above rules.” This virtual carte blanche to “take action” reads almost like a threat. This threat sounds particularly potent in wake of violence against university students across India on campuses such as the Aligarh Muslim University (AU), the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Cotton University in Guwahati and many more.

IIT-B bars students from “anti-national” activities

DoSA issues advisory over email guidelines for acceptable behavior which include a ban on “undesirable activities

IIT bombay

In an email sent to hostel students advising them about rules, Prof. George Mathew, the Associate Dean of Student Affairs of the Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay (IIT-B) has issued 15 guidelines for acceptable behaviour. One of these is especially curious given the present political climate.

It says, “Residents shall not participate in any anti-national, anti-social and or any undesirable activities.” This becomes particularly interesting when read with two more guideline on the list:

“No posters or leaflets/pamphlets distribution allowed in the hostel without permission from the respective hostel council or DoSA (Dean of Student Affairs).”

And

“Speeches/play/music or any other activities that disturbs (sic) the peace of hostel environment is strictly prohibited. Not allowed even if faculty is part of gathering. Only matters that are approved from DoSA office will be permitted.”

The advisory is being viewed as a violation of the right to freedom of speech and expression of students. It is noteworthy that IIT-B students had marched in solidarity with students of Jamia Milia Islamia University after the latter were attacked by security personnel for raising voices of dissent against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). IIT-B students have also been attending various other rallies across the city and participating in pro-democracy demonstrations including the protest at Gateway of India recently. Students also participated in a rally to create awareness about the Constitution on the eve of Republic Day and yet another one on January 26 titled ‘Reclaiming the Republic’.

It is also noteworthy how the email ends on an almost ominous note saying, “The security of IIT Bombay is already authorised to take action for any violation of the above rules.” This virtual carte blanche to “take action” reads almost like a threat. This threat sounds particularly potent in wake of violence against university students across India on campuses such as the Aligarh Muslim University (AU), the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Cotton University in Guwahati and many more.

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Sedition charge on Karnataka school for anti-CAA skit

The complaint said that in the play, PM Modi was abused and misinformation was being spread

29 Jan 2020

Karnataka School

A school in Karnataka’s Bidar, Shaheen School, has been charged for sedition for portraying PM Modi in a poor light in relation to CAA and NRC. The principal of the school and other authorities were booked for “promoting enmity between different groups”.

The case was registered based on a complaint filed by social worker Neelesh Rakshyal on January 26. It was alleged that the school used the students to perform a drama whereby Modi was “abused” for introducing Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).  The complainant alleged that the play was spreading misinformation by saying that Muslims in India have to leave the country because of NRC. This message was shared on social media to spread misinformation, the complaint said. 

The complainant said, “The management tried to create ‘fear’ among the Muslims that they would have to leave the country if the CAA and NRC are implemented”.

In the play, which was performed on January 21, the participating children say that if anyone asks for documents then they should be hit with slippers. In the video of the play, a child is heard telling another child, “The government is telling Muslims to leave India and go away.” In reply, the other child says, “Amma, Modi is saying show documents of your father and grandfather otherwise he is telling us to leave the country.” At this point, another child is heard saying, “Hit them with slippers if anybody asks for documents.”

The man who uploaded a video of the play on Facebook, Mohamad Yusuf has been named as Accused 3. They have been booked under sections 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 505(2) (Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes), 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting, attempting to promote disharmony) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. 

Speaking to India Today TV, SP Bidar confirmed the reports and said that they were questioning the students who participated in the skit to know who tutored them. 

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Sedition charge on Karnataka school for anti-CAA skit

The complaint said that in the play, PM Modi was abused and misinformation was being spread

Karnataka School

A school in Karnataka’s Bidar, Shaheen School, has been charged for sedition for portraying PM Modi in a poor light in relation to CAA and NRC. The principal of the school and other authorities were booked for “promoting enmity between different groups”.

The case was registered based on a complaint filed by social worker Neelesh Rakshyal on January 26. It was alleged that the school used the students to perform a drama whereby Modi was “abused” for introducing Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC).  The complainant alleged that the play was spreading misinformation by saying that Muslims in India have to leave the country because of NRC. This message was shared on social media to spread misinformation, the complaint said. 

The complainant said, “The management tried to create ‘fear’ among the Muslims that they would have to leave the country if the CAA and NRC are implemented”.

In the play, which was performed on January 21, the participating children say that if anyone asks for documents then they should be hit with slippers. In the video of the play, a child is heard telling another child, “The government is telling Muslims to leave India and go away.” In reply, the other child says, “Amma, Modi is saying show documents of your father and grandfather otherwise he is telling us to leave the country.” At this point, another child is heard saying, “Hit them with slippers if anybody asks for documents.”

The man who uploaded a video of the play on Facebook, Mohamad Yusuf has been named as Accused 3. They have been booked under sections 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace), 505(2) (Statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes), 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting, attempting to promote disharmony) and 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code. 

Speaking to India Today TV, SP Bidar confirmed the reports and said that they were questioning the students who participated in the skit to know who tutored them. 

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Pistol brandishing man threatens Shaheen Bagh protesters

Locals overpower him and confiscate his weapon, even as he threatens to drop bodies

29 Jan 2020

Pistol
Image Courtesy: indiatoday.in

On Tuesday, much drama ensued at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, the site of the largest sit-in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). A man wielding a pistol entered the area and warned that if the area was not cleared, “lashein girengi” or bodies will drop.

Locals quickly overpowered the man and took away his gun. The entire drama was caught on camera and went viral on social media. It may be viewed here:

https://twitter.com/ImAbdy/status/1222126738831892480

The man wearing a baseball cap claimed that the protesters were causing inconvenience by occupying the street and blocking the flow of traffic. But what is noteworthy is that the gun welding man manded up at the protest just a day after BJP Minister Anurag Thakur allegedly incited armed violence against the protesters saying, “Goli maaro s***on ko.”

Shaheen Bagh protests have shaken the administration like no other and that is why protesters here have been routinely targeted by many high-ranking members of the ruling party. But what is most significant is that the Shaheen Bagh protest has been led by women, from housewives to grandmothers, from students to professionals. Often such resilient women intimidate people in power. This is also probably why after failing to malign their character by calling them “badkirdaar auratein” a need was felt to silence them with guns. But Shaheen Bagh will not be silenced.

Pistol brandishing man threatens Shaheen Bagh protesters

Locals overpower him and confiscate his weapon, even as he threatens to drop bodies

Pistol
Image Courtesy: indiatoday.in

On Tuesday, much drama ensued at Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, the site of the largest sit-in protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). A man wielding a pistol entered the area and warned that if the area was not cleared, “lashein girengi” or bodies will drop.

Locals quickly overpowered the man and took away his gun. The entire drama was caught on camera and went viral on social media. It may be viewed here:

https://twitter.com/ImAbdy/status/1222126738831892480

The man wearing a baseball cap claimed that the protesters were causing inconvenience by occupying the street and blocking the flow of traffic. But what is noteworthy is that the gun welding man manded up at the protest just a day after BJP Minister Anurag Thakur allegedly incited armed violence against the protesters saying, “Goli maaro s***on ko.”

Shaheen Bagh protests have shaken the administration like no other and that is why protesters here have been routinely targeted by many high-ranking members of the ruling party. But what is most significant is that the Shaheen Bagh protest has been led by women, from housewives to grandmothers, from students to professionals. Often such resilient women intimidate people in power. This is also probably why after failing to malign their character by calling them “badkirdaar auratein” a need was felt to silence them with guns. But Shaheen Bagh will not be silenced.

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Allahabad HC asks for govt report on alleged police atrocities in state

The two-judge bench questioned govt on truthfulness of media reports

29 Jan 2020

CAAImage Courtesy: india.com

The Allahabad High Court has asked UP government to submit a report on allegations of police atrocities on anti-CAA protestors. This order was passed by a two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Verma while hearing a number of PILs against the UP police action.

The Court asked the government to mention how many people died during the anti-CAA protests in the state and about the complaints registered against the police. The court also asked whether truthfulness of media reports in this regard has been examined or not.

Rights activists have alleged that there was a reign of terror in UP while suppressing the anti-CAA protests in the state. The PILs have demanded a Supreme Court monitored SIT probe to ascertain the role of police and determine the truth behind the killings in the protests.

About 20 people have been reportedly killed during the anti-CAA protests in the state.

The UP administration and the police have all along denied any wrongdoings.

December proved to be the worst month for the state of Uttar Pradesh and things look better now on the surface, the administrative action continues. Uttar Pradesh saw the worst of prohibitive action under section 144, worst of the police action, 20 deaths due to police brutality, thousands of people being detained and hundreds being arrested; all this after anti-CAA protests started erupting in the state. People belonging to Muslim community were especially targeted even though they were not partaking in the protests.

People who condemned the violence and barbaric acts of the state are hopeful that the PILs will address these issues and bring the perpetrators to book. 

The next hearing of the case is on February 17.

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Allahabad HC asks for govt report on alleged police atrocities in state

The two-judge bench questioned govt on truthfulness of media reports

CAAImage Courtesy: india.com

The Allahabad High Court has asked UP government to submit a report on allegations of police atrocities on anti-CAA protestors. This order was passed by a two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Verma while hearing a number of PILs against the UP police action.

The Court asked the government to mention how many people died during the anti-CAA protests in the state and about the complaints registered against the police. The court also asked whether truthfulness of media reports in this regard has been examined or not.

Rights activists have alleged that there was a reign of terror in UP while suppressing the anti-CAA protests in the state. The PILs have demanded a Supreme Court monitored SIT probe to ascertain the role of police and determine the truth behind the killings in the protests.

About 20 people have been reportedly killed during the anti-CAA protests in the state.

The UP administration and the police have all along denied any wrongdoings.

December proved to be the worst month for the state of Uttar Pradesh and things look better now on the surface, the administrative action continues. Uttar Pradesh saw the worst of prohibitive action under section 144, worst of the police action, 20 deaths due to police brutality, thousands of people being detained and hundreds being arrested; all this after anti-CAA protests started erupting in the state. People belonging to Muslim community were especially targeted even though they were not partaking in the protests.

People who condemned the violence and barbaric acts of the state are hopeful that the PILs will address these issues and bring the perpetrators to book. 

The next hearing of the case is on February 17.

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Former BJP minister Yashwant Sinha slams party over CAA

He also said that the government’s move had earned it international condemnation and that its intention was to mislead people

28 Jan 2020

CAAImage Courtesy: daijiworld.com

Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Monday criticized the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) saying that it was against the basic structure of the Constitution and that there was no need for the law as the government already had the power to grant citizenship, The Times of India reported.

Speaking to reporters in Lucknow, Sinha who is currently on a 3000-km long Gandhi Shanti March said, “The move is an attempt to divide the society on a religious basis and take the country back to the pre-1947 era.” He also attacked the BJP saying that the “language used in the law” would make it difficult for the law would be implemented. He said, “May be their intention is not to implement it but to mislead people.”

Saying that the government’s move had eroded India’s image as a developing democracy. “European Union Parliament has brought in a resolution against CAA. I am against this step but the government will have to be accountable for denting India’s image in the world,” adding that immigration was a global problem and not just India’s issue.

He said, “Singer Adnan Sami was granted citizenship under the old citizenship law and was also conferred with the Padma award. Sonia Gandhi and Bade Ghulam Ali had also acquired Indian citizenship under the same manner. There was no need to amend the law and give a religious colour to it.”

He also said that relations between Bangladesh and India had soured after the CAA had come into force. “There is a constitutional crisis as the Centre is ignoring state governments which are passing anti-CAA resolutions. The country is also facing social unrest and chaos but instead of reaching out to protestors, the government is suppressing their voice,” he said.

He also spoke about the violence that ensued in Uttar Pradesh all through the CAA protests. “Uttar Pradesh has become the epicenter of violence during the anti-CAA protests. People are staging a dharna peacefully but their blankets and quilts are being snatched and they are being arrested. Is this not terrorism?” he asked.

The former member of the BJP and an ardent critic of Narendra Modi and his government’s policies said that the government had earlier given in to the demands of the people and would have to listen to the public this time around too.

Terming the government and the statements of its ministers as desperate, he said, “The government wants to divert people’s attention from issues like lawlessness, unemployment and suicides by farmers which have taken a backseat.”

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Former BJP minister Yashwant Sinha slams party over CAA

He also said that the government’s move had earned it international condemnation and that its intention was to mislead people

CAAImage Courtesy: daijiworld.com

Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Monday criticized the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) saying that it was against the basic structure of the Constitution and that there was no need for the law as the government already had the power to grant citizenship, The Times of India reported.

Speaking to reporters in Lucknow, Sinha who is currently on a 3000-km long Gandhi Shanti March said, “The move is an attempt to divide the society on a religious basis and take the country back to the pre-1947 era.” He also attacked the BJP saying that the “language used in the law” would make it difficult for the law would be implemented. He said, “May be their intention is not to implement it but to mislead people.”

Saying that the government’s move had eroded India’s image as a developing democracy. “European Union Parliament has brought in a resolution against CAA. I am against this step but the government will have to be accountable for denting India’s image in the world,” adding that immigration was a global problem and not just India’s issue.

He said, “Singer Adnan Sami was granted citizenship under the old citizenship law and was also conferred with the Padma award. Sonia Gandhi and Bade Ghulam Ali had also acquired Indian citizenship under the same manner. There was no need to amend the law and give a religious colour to it.”

He also said that relations between Bangladesh and India had soured after the CAA had come into force. “There is a constitutional crisis as the Centre is ignoring state governments which are passing anti-CAA resolutions. The country is also facing social unrest and chaos but instead of reaching out to protestors, the government is suppressing their voice,” he said.

He also spoke about the violence that ensued in Uttar Pradesh all through the CAA protests. “Uttar Pradesh has become the epicenter of violence during the anti-CAA protests. People are staging a dharna peacefully but their blankets and quilts are being snatched and they are being arrested. Is this not terrorism?” he asked.

The former member of the BJP and an ardent critic of Narendra Modi and his government’s policies said that the government had earlier given in to the demands of the people and would have to listen to the public this time around too.

Terming the government and the statements of its ministers as desperate, he said, “The government wants to divert people’s attention from issues like lawlessness, unemployment and suicides by farmers which have taken a backseat.”

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Fourth in line, Bengal passes anti-CAA resolution

Mamata Banerjee dubbed the BJP as "Brand Ambassadors of Pakistan"

28 Jan 2020

West Bengal

West Bengal has become the fourth state, after Kerala Rajasthan and Punjab, to have passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee introduced the resolution in the Assembly on January 27.

The CAA has turned out to be the most contentious law in recent times with so many states taking definitive action against it. Although many from the BJP leadership have time and again said that states do not have the power to defy a central legislation and yet this has not deterred the states from opposing this law tooth and nail and preventing its implementation in their respective states.

Addressing the assembly chief minister Mamata Banerjee said "In Bengal, we will not allow CAA, NRC (National Register of Citizens) and NPR (National Population Register). We will fight peacefully... Today, people are scared that they may have to leave this country. They are queuing up for all kinds of cards."

She also said that this protest is not only of the minorities, “I thank my Hindu brothers for leading this protest from the forefront….As per the CAA, you have to become a foreigner to become a citizen... this is a terrible game, pushing people towards death. Don't fall into their trap," she added.

She termed the label of doubtful citizens and detention centres as “unacceptable”. She dubbed the BJP "Brand Ambassadors of Pakistan" saying, "They always talk of Pakistan and less of Hindustan".

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said such a resolution "represents the will of the people" as it comes through their elected representatives. Kerala said the amended version of the law is unconstitutional, and the assembly had a duty to pass a resolution against it.

The CAA, which makes, religion as a qualifying factor for grant of citizenship to immigrants has not gone down well with the masses, inviting widespread and unprecedented protests as well as with the non-BJP ruled states which are openly voicing their dissent against the law.

 

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West Bengal

West Bengal has become the fourth state, after Kerala Rajasthan and Punjab, to have passed a resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee introduced the resolution in the Assembly on January 27.

The CAA has turned out to be the most contentious law in recent times with so many states taking definitive action against it. Although many from the BJP leadership have time and again said that states do not have the power to defy a central legislation and yet this has not deterred the states from opposing this law tooth and nail and preventing its implementation in their respective states.

Addressing the assembly chief minister Mamata Banerjee said "In Bengal, we will not allow CAA, NRC (National Register of Citizens) and NPR (National Population Register). We will fight peacefully... Today, people are scared that they may have to leave this country. They are queuing up for all kinds of cards."

She also said that this protest is not only of the minorities, “I thank my Hindu brothers for leading this protest from the forefront….As per the CAA, you have to become a foreigner to become a citizen... this is a terrible game, pushing people towards death. Don't fall into their trap," she added.

She termed the label of doubtful citizens and detention centres as “unacceptable”. She dubbed the BJP "Brand Ambassadors of Pakistan" saying, "They always talk of Pakistan and less of Hindustan".

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said such a resolution "represents the will of the people" as it comes through their elected representatives. Kerala said the amended version of the law is unconstitutional, and the assembly had a duty to pass a resolution against it.

The CAA, which makes, religion as a qualifying factor for grant of citizenship to immigrants has not gone down well with the masses, inviting widespread and unprecedented protests as well as with the non-BJP ruled states which are openly voicing their dissent against the law.

 

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Proof of religion likely for application under CAA

MHA officials say Aadhar can be used as proof while Aadhar does not ask to declare religion

28 Jan 2020

CAA
Image Courtesy: News18

Even as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), the rules for the CAA being drafted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) say that applicants, besides proving they came to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh, will now also have to submit a proof of their religious beliefs. An official was reported to have said that Aadhar can be used as proof of religion. Firstly, if the person is a refugee, how can he legally possess any government document? is the government admitting loopholes in its system and accepting that Aadhar can be procured by an illegal immigrant? Or is this an indication that Indians of the "politically acceptable" religious denomination will be or could be granted citizenship even if they do not have adequate documents under the controversial, to be launched NPR-NRC process? Secondly, how does Aadhar become proof of religious belief when its enrolment form does not seek this information in the first place

According to an official of the Home Ministry, the applicant can produce any document by the Indian government acquired before December 31, 2014 in which the applicant has declared their religion as Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Christian, Parsi or Buddhist.

The Indian Express quote the official saying, “For example, if someone has enrolled his / her children in a government school, he / she would have declared their religion. If someone has acquired Aadhaar before December 31, 2014 and has declared his/ her religion as being from among the six mentioned in the Act, it would be acceptable… Any form of government document declaring religion will be accepted.”

The Hindustan Times reported an MHA official saying, “Requirement of proof of their religious beliefs and their entry date will be included in the rules. This will useful so that random persons do not apply for Indian citizenship.”

Another official told HT, “The law allows for faster citizenship in two cases religious persecution or fear of religious persecution, therefore a check back on whether there was religious persecution isn’t critical.” This, however remains to be factually incorrect as, nowhere does the law mention that citizenship will be provided in cases of religious persecution or fear of religious persecution. The proof of religious beliefs is clearly being asked to ensure that no Muslim immigrant is granted citizenship.

The government, that is set to grant citizenship to people belonging to these six faiths on the basis of having faced religious persecution in the countries mentioned, is unlikely to ask proof of the same presuming that they were in India because they were persecuted against on the basis of their religion or feared being persecuted. Many Opposition parties and even the general public have questioned the how the government will prove who has come to India due to or fearing religious persecution.

According to other reports, the Central government will incorporate some Assam-specific provisions in the rules for the implementation of the CAA. It is likely to give a smaller window of only three months to those who want to apply for Indian citizenship in Assam under the CAA fearing that a longer period could increase apprehensions over CAA in the state where massive protests against the Act are still taking place with the people fearing that it will prove a threat to their indigenous identity.  

At present, four states – Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal have passed resolutions against the CAA saying that would not implement the CAA in their states. However, the CAA does not fall under the purview of the state governments and hence the state CMs are likely to have little luck with the same. With regards to the same, an MHA official told HT, “The only hiccup will come during the verification stage when the role of the local police comes into play but even that can be conducted by central agencies.”

The CAA was passed by the Parliament on December 11, 2019 and the MHA notified that the provisions would come into force from January 10, 2020. However, the rules under the Act are yet to be formulated.


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Proof of religion likely for application under CAA

MHA officials say Aadhar can be used as proof while Aadhar does not ask to declare religion

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Even as protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR), the rules for the CAA being drafted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) say that applicants, besides proving they came to India from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh, will now also have to submit a proof of their religious beliefs. An official was reported to have said that Aadhar can be used as proof of religion. Firstly, if the person is a refugee, how can he legally possess any government document? is the government admitting loopholes in its system and accepting that Aadhar can be procured by an illegal immigrant? Or is this an indication that Indians of the "politically acceptable" religious denomination will be or could be granted citizenship even if they do not have adequate documents under the controversial, to be launched NPR-NRC process? Secondly, how does Aadhar become proof of religious belief when its enrolment form does not seek this information in the first place

According to an official of the Home Ministry, the applicant can produce any document by the Indian government acquired before December 31, 2014 in which the applicant has declared their religion as Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Christian, Parsi or Buddhist.

The Indian Express quote the official saying, “For example, if someone has enrolled his / her children in a government school, he / she would have declared their religion. If someone has acquired Aadhaar before December 31, 2014 and has declared his/ her religion as being from among the six mentioned in the Act, it would be acceptable… Any form of government document declaring religion will be accepted.”

The Hindustan Times reported an MHA official saying, “Requirement of proof of their religious beliefs and their entry date will be included in the rules. This will useful so that random persons do not apply for Indian citizenship.”

Another official told HT, “The law allows for faster citizenship in two cases religious persecution or fear of religious persecution, therefore a check back on whether there was religious persecution isn’t critical.” This, however remains to be factually incorrect as, nowhere does the law mention that citizenship will be provided in cases of religious persecution or fear of religious persecution. The proof of religious beliefs is clearly being asked to ensure that no Muslim immigrant is granted citizenship.

The government, that is set to grant citizenship to people belonging to these six faiths on the basis of having faced religious persecution in the countries mentioned, is unlikely to ask proof of the same presuming that they were in India because they were persecuted against on the basis of their religion or feared being persecuted. Many Opposition parties and even the general public have questioned the how the government will prove who has come to India due to or fearing religious persecution.

According to other reports, the Central government will incorporate some Assam-specific provisions in the rules for the implementation of the CAA. It is likely to give a smaller window of only three months to those who want to apply for Indian citizenship in Assam under the CAA fearing that a longer period could increase apprehensions over CAA in the state where massive protests against the Act are still taking place with the people fearing that it will prove a threat to their indigenous identity.  

At present, four states – Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal have passed resolutions against the CAA saying that would not implement the CAA in their states. However, the CAA does not fall under the purview of the state governments and hence the state CMs are likely to have little luck with the same. With regards to the same, an MHA official told HT, “The only hiccup will come during the verification stage when the role of the local police comes into play but even that can be conducted by central agencies.”

The CAA was passed by the Parliament on December 11, 2019 and the MHA notified that the provisions would come into force from January 10, 2020. However, the rules under the Act are yet to be formulated.


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Assamese men duped by two persons posing as CID officers checking NRC details

They were robbed of Rs. 2,000 as well as their ID documents

28 Jan 2020

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Two Assamese men who had come to Mumbai in the hope of finding a job were robbed of their identity documents and were also duped of Rs. 2,000 by two unidentified persons posing as CID officers. On Saturday, these men were approached by two unidentified persons under the pretext of checking details for National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Crawford market near CST station, Mumbai.

The complainant Mohamed Rehman (24) said he wanted to go to Kuwait for a job, for which he had come to Mumbai with his friend. Describing the incident, he said, “We told them we had come from Assam, following which, they asked us for our NRC cards. As we our new in the city, we were scared and couldn’t show anything. They then starting insisting and even asked us if we were Bangladeshi nationals”.

“On finding Rs 8,450 in their bags, they raised suspicion that the notes were counterfeit and asked them to go in an office nearby,” an officer said. “They threatened to arrested them, after which, Rehman agreed to go with them while the friend stood outside with their bags.”

They were then taken to an isolated location and asked them to produce their ID documents such as Aadhaar card, PAN card and also took away their ATM card. Sometime later the complainant received a message saying Rs. 2,000 was withdrawn from his account. The police have registered a case of cheating and robbery.

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Assamese men duped by two persons posing as CID officers checking NRC details

They were robbed of Rs. 2,000 as well as their ID documents

NRC

Two Assamese men who had come to Mumbai in the hope of finding a job were robbed of their identity documents and were also duped of Rs. 2,000 by two unidentified persons posing as CID officers. On Saturday, these men were approached by two unidentified persons under the pretext of checking details for National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Crawford market near CST station, Mumbai.

The complainant Mohamed Rehman (24) said he wanted to go to Kuwait for a job, for which he had come to Mumbai with his friend. Describing the incident, he said, “We told them we had come from Assam, following which, they asked us for our NRC cards. As we our new in the city, we were scared and couldn’t show anything. They then starting insisting and even asked us if we were Bangladeshi nationals”.

“On finding Rs 8,450 in their bags, they raised suspicion that the notes were counterfeit and asked them to go in an office nearby,” an officer said. “They threatened to arrested them, after which, Rehman agreed to go with them while the friend stood outside with their bags.”

They were then taken to an isolated location and asked them to produce their ID documents such as Aadhaar card, PAN card and also took away their ATM card. Sometime later the complainant received a message saying Rs. 2,000 was withdrawn from his account. The police have registered a case of cheating and robbery.

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IIT-B holds Tiranga rally to strengthen unity and create awareness against CAA-NPR-NRC

The students and other participants carried a 1000-ft long flag during the procession

28 Jan 2020

IIT Bombay
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In response to the IIT Bombay (IIT-B) faculty’s condemnation the politicization of educational campuses saying that the IIT-B campus was not for politics or to serve a political propaganda, the students of the educational institute carried out a Tiranga Yatra on the campus on the eve of Republic Day during which they carried a 1000-foot long flag and sang the national anthem.

A student organizer of the march told reporters, “The Tiranga rally was held to strengthen students’ unity on the campus since the divide along ideological lines became evident especially after the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The rally’s objective was to respect the Constitution and understand what it stands for.”

 

More than 1,500 students, teachers, non-teaching staff and their family members participated in the march.

The students also planned a cultural event at the campus on Republic Day to conclude a 10-day lecture series on the Preamble to the Constitution which was organized keeping in mind the nationwide protests against the CAA, reported Mumbai Mirror. They had earlier too staged a protest condemning the violence against students and faculty at the Jawaharlal Nehru University who were brutally attacked by a masked mob in a bid to threaten them to stop their fight against the fee hike.

 

 

A faculty member told the paper, “Inspired by Aristotelian thought, we want to create a culture where people can ask questions, have discussions and make a better society. One needs to know why the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) are against the constitutional ethos. It is a way to understand political expressions and redefine our political understanding. Our larger narrative is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the universe is one family). All those on the margins should have a voice.”

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IIT-B holds Tiranga rally to strengthen unity and create awareness against CAA-NPR-NRC

The students and other participants carried a 1000-ft long flag during the procession

IIT Bombay
Image: Firstpost
 

In response to the IIT Bombay (IIT-B) faculty’s condemnation the politicization of educational campuses saying that the IIT-B campus was not for politics or to serve a political propaganda, the students of the educational institute carried out a Tiranga Yatra on the campus on the eve of Republic Day during which they carried a 1000-foot long flag and sang the national anthem.

A student organizer of the march told reporters, “The Tiranga rally was held to strengthen students’ unity on the campus since the divide along ideological lines became evident especially after the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The rally’s objective was to respect the Constitution and understand what it stands for.”

 

More than 1,500 students, teachers, non-teaching staff and their family members participated in the march.

The students also planned a cultural event at the campus on Republic Day to conclude a 10-day lecture series on the Preamble to the Constitution which was organized keeping in mind the nationwide protests against the CAA, reported Mumbai Mirror. They had earlier too staged a protest condemning the violence against students and faculty at the Jawaharlal Nehru University who were brutally attacked by a masked mob in a bid to threaten them to stop their fight against the fee hike.

 

 

A faculty member told the paper, “Inspired by Aristotelian thought, we want to create a culture where people can ask questions, have discussions and make a better society. One needs to know why the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Population Register (NPR) are against the constitutional ethos. It is a way to understand political expressions and redefine our political understanding. Our larger narrative is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the universe is one family). All those on the margins should have a voice.”

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