With every new policy change, India takes a collective gasp, looks around for a voice of reason and settles with the one which affirms their prior beliefs. Rinse and repeat! Citizen Amendment Bill, CAB is the latest entrant to this ongoing. There are protests going on in Assam and people from all over India are outraged. Very few, however, understand why.
What is CAB?
Citizenship Amendment Bill will provide citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It was passed on 10th Dec 2019 with 311 MPs voting for and 80 voting against. The reasoning behind it is that non-Muslims in the above-mentioned countries are persecuted. India needs to offer them a place to call home. Muslims are excluded from CAB because all those countries are Muslim majority countries and hence it’s assumed that they don’t have any problem there.
Why is it being protested?
The bill, however, isn’t meant for people actually migrating from those countries. It is for those who are already living in India. With this bill, illegal Muslims living in Assam would be evicted. This goes against everything that secular India stands for. It does not treat all humans as equals irrespective of their religious beliefs.
NRC is a tool to oust every illegal immigrant. CAB is a tool to give citizenship to those illegal immigrants except Muslims. A simple maths tells us that these two policies are brought to expel illegal Muslims from the country and the biggest winner of this circus would be BJP.
This isn’t something BJP planned recently. They’ve been putting CAB in their manifesto since 2014 so people who are protesting are a little late. We have put them at the top to carry out these kinds of stunts. Stunts that they were pretty certain to carry out. Then why the surprised Pikachu face?