Why I support CAB and NRC….
While, the Union home minister Amit Shah has opined that the Centre will implement both the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) determinedly, the war over the two subjects is intensifying…!
While critics see both the NRC and CAB as part of the ruling BJP’s Hindutva politics, the pattern of illegal infiltration over the decades offers a different position.
The Narendra Modi government is simply correcting a ‘historical wrong’ through this exercise. The genesis of NRC is not in communal politics, but in the vote-bank politics of Congress regimes in the 1960s and 1970s, which compromised both the interests of indigenous people in Assam as well as national security.
Congress politicians are without any inhibition guilty of over looking the situation, when leaders of pan-Islamist movements were welcoming illegal Muslim settlers to Assam and helping them settle down.
However, a plausible pan-India NRC exercise will entail honest police and administrative officials on a wide scale so that the infiltrators are discovered. Also, a high number of illegal migrants have managed to obtain crucial government identification documents, such as Aadhaar and voter cards, as well electricity and cooking gas connections, with the help of conniving officials, shows how porous the system had become in past few decades!!!
BJP brought CAB to accommodate Hindu and other non-Muslim migrants who fled Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan due to religious persecution, as against Muslim migrants who infiltrated due to economic reasons.
Proponents of this outlook also say that pro-Muslim parties and organisations have launched a two-pronged attack to serve their constituency-on the one hand, criticise NRC in an attempt to avoid it from weeding out Muslim infiltrators, and on the other, build pressure on the Modi government to add Muslims to the list of refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who will be eligible for Indian citizenship under CAB.
Illegal settlers have been steadily increasing their footprint across the country. One unofficial estimate puts the number of Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims in Jammu alone at 50,000, their numbers having built up over the past decade with the blessings of local politicians….!