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Points to be noted my lord




Mumbai, 24 Dec

1. Mr. Modi said on 22 Dec. 2019 at Ramlila ground Delhi that there is no detention camp in India. His statement was general and he plainly denied the existence of detention camps in India.

Fact is that there are 6 detention camps going on in Assam for years, 10 more are coming up. Land identified for one at Nerul near Mumbai by the previous BJP Govt. but today (24 Dec.) Uddhav Thackeray Govt. announced that it will withdraw the land and not allow any detention camp there. One in Bangalore is just completed, will be functioning from this Jan, 2020 itself. Detailed media reports are handy online.

2. Mr. Modi said on 22 Dec. at Ramlila that nobody in his Govt. uttered the word NRC ever since he took power in 2014.

Fact is that he himself spoke about NRC in length on 24 April, 2019 in West Bengal during an election rally, video recording is avail, Home Minister Amit Shah spoke about NRC+CAA in details before media, in public rallies and in the Parliament on 9 and 11 Dec. 2019. Haryana’s BJP CM said he is going to implement NRC in his state and BJP’s Delhi president said he wants NRC it in Delhi too. All these are recorded statements and are in public domains.

3. Mr. Modi said on 22 Dec. at Ramlila that those protesting against CAA are urban naxals and misguided lots.

Fact is that those protesting against the CAA+NRC are mostly students, academia, professionals and highly educated civil society members both male and female, old and young. Leveling all these Indians as urban naxals is simply Mr. Modi’s level.

4. Today, Mr Amit Shah tried to distinguish between NRC, NPR and CAA and said Assam and Northeast are peaceful, no protest against CAA there.

Fact of the matter is that entire Assam is protesting each day in each cities – small or big but trying to maintain peace. Similarly, people from Meghalaya and Tripura are shouting against the CAA from top of their voices.

Now, Indians do not want to pay heed to Mr. Shah’s Jumlas. He had enough of it and we really don’t trust him at all. He emphatically talked about NRC and now the PM is sweepingly denying saying that nobody talked about the “word NRC”. It is also unknown to us when this Govt. may take a U turn.

Nevertheless, Indians are well aware that NPR is an updated from of census which was initiated in 2010 but then CAA was not part of the Citizenship Act 1955. Now with CAA in place, we consider NPR is a backdoor entry of NRC. Here is a huge trust deficit in the people, there is a gulf between what the BJP Govt. says and does.

Given the massive nationwide protests, losses of valuable lives at home and international pressure, BJP-led Govt. simply wants to buy more time and divert public attention. This was clearly evident from Mr. Modi’s lengthy speech on Sunday, 22 December 2019.

In this circumstances, we the Indians, who are not urban or rural naxals, nor ignorant to be misguided, tax payers and proud citizens of this country consciously decide that NPR process must be completely stopped unless CAA is repealed or amended according to the Constitution of India. We also urge all state governments to deny cooperation to the NPR process unless the CAA is scraped and the safeguard of India’s secular constitution is ensured.
MB Qasmi

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