Today, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief, Mohan Bhagwat said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) would not harm India’s Muslim citizens. He urged all the voters to check those who try to politicise the issues on communal lines. He was speaking at the launch of Gauhati University professor Nani Gopal Mahanta’s book on NRC and CAA.
He underlined that both CAA and NRC are not against any Indian citizen. He said that according to the Nehru-Liaquat Pact, 1950 each country would protect its minorities. “India has been following the Nehru-Liaquat Pact, 1950, but Pakistan failed,” he added.
He reiterated that India always respected other religions, cultures, and languages. “We do not have to learn about secularism, socialism, democracy from anyone else in the world. Our Constitution clearly defines rights and duties,” he said.
Since 1930, Bhagwat added that there have been attempts to increase the Muslim population in a planned manner to exercise dominance and slowly turn the nation into Pakistan. He mentioned that the was plan successful in Punjab, Sindh, Assam, and Bengal, as India got partitioned and Pakistan was created.
He further claimed that the process has been targeted for political mileage. “Some people will turn both CAA and NRC into something between Hindus and Muslims while that is not the case,” he claimed.
“The provisions of CAA are meant for those who were persecuted in those countries and came to India for refuge. It is not for those who came to India without facing any persecution,” he added.
In 2019, the CAA was passed to fast-track the citizenship process for non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The opponents of the law insist it is discriminatory and unconstitutional as it links faith to citizenship in a secular country.