Kashmiri Pundit speaks on Citizenship Bill, listen to his pain for Hindus being neglected

While the opposition parties are protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill after it is passed by both houses, a Kashmiri pandit has spoken in favor of this bill. Revealing the truth, he said that this bill has nothing to do with Indian citizens or Muslims or otherwise, as it aims to give Indian citizenship to religious minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. This bill is for those who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan before 2014 for religious persecution and already living in India will be given citizenship.

Speaking on the CAB bill, Kashmiri Pandit said in an interview that Pakistan is not only a challenge for India but many separatists and traitors who have been living in India for 70 years. They hate PM Modi so much that they have now started hating nation. He reminded India’s partition on 14 August 1947, India was divided into two nation on the basis of religion. Lakhs of people who were born in India supported Jinnah’s ideology and eventually became a new nation called “Pakistan”.

He proudly said that former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, Brigadier Mohammad Usman, and many others who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country, do not need any kind of certificate to show their identity.

Congress never worried about Hindus and Sikhs who were left in Pakistan during the partition. Some Hindus and Sikhs managed to come to Jammu & Kashmir but they have not got Indian citizenship even after 70 years. He said that Hindu’s daughters are abducted and forced to change their religion in Pakistan. When Pakistan came into existence, the percentage of Hindus was more than 20% but now this percentage has decreased to about 2%. he also reminded Genocide of Kashmiri Pandits that took place in 1990 in which approximately 150,000 to 190,000 of the total Kashmiri Pandit population of 200,000 left the valley. But Congress party never expressed concerned over the massacre. 

Stating India’s culture and value he said, even today, Muslim students from other countries come to India for education. Because we say “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means we (Indian) treat guest like God and give them respect. 

He said the Modi government is doing for the national interest. The public of India has given them a political power otherwise PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah would not be able to take such steps. For the first time, the BJP party is doing for the well being of the nation. Modi government cares about Hindus, he said.

India has been a secular country for centuries. During the Muslim conquest of Persia of CE 636–651, Parsis migrated to India where they were given refuge.

More than 100,000 Sri Lankan Tamils live in India, most of whom migrated during the Sri Lankan Civil War, which lasted from 1983 to 2009. Most Sri Lankans are settled in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, and many others migrated to India. So, it will be incorrect to say that India became a secular country only after its independence. 

During the partition of India in 1947, Some people from East Bengal, mainly Hindus, migrated to West Bengal. The percentage of Hindu population decreased from 30% to 19% from 1947 to 1961. The percentage continued to decrease. Now it is estimated to be 8%.

the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will bring India’s value and culture back which India had lost years ago. Under this bill, only six communities from three countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan living in India will be provided Indian Citizenship. This Bill will ultimately benefit the nation. It will also help eradicate the unemployment problem.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.