A resolution passed by the National Executive Council meeting of Popular Front of India has urged all citizens and parties to defeat the re-introduction of controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill and to resist the attempts to extend the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) process that is currently being implemented in the state of Assam to all parts of the country.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill under consideration by the central government is openly discriminatory towards Muslims. The Bill which allows migrants belonging to all religions except Islam to obtain citizenship in India is a vile move that undermine the constitutional principles of secularism and democracy and an official move to alienate Muslims.
Postpone NRC deadline in Assam:-
The meeting appealed Supreme Court to extend the deadline of Assam NRC. As July 31, the deadline set by the apex court for filing claims and objections about those left out of the Assam NRC is approaching, the reports from the ground show the complicated process is failing many from fulfilling the process. A tragedy of tens of thousands of people losing their citizenship and being reduced to prisoners without civil rights in the country where they were born, lived and fought for, merely due to procedural lapse must be avoided. We appeal the Apex Court to take the seriousness of the situation in consideration and extend the present deadline to a fairly convenient date, giving enough time for the smooth completion of the process.
The meeting expressed strong objection to the attempts to expand NRC across the country. The Amendment made by the Union Home Ministry to the Foreigners (Tribunals) Order, 1964 on May 30 can have far-reaching ramifications on the lives of minorities. It empowers state governments, district administrations and even district magistrates in all states to constitute tribunals and refer cases to decide on citizenship issue. Once the authenticity of a person’s citizenship is being questioned, the concerned individual has to prove that he/she is a legitimate citizen. In Assam itself, lives of legitimate citizens particularly that of Bengali speaking Muslims have been shattered due to the wrong implementation of NRC and prejudiced functioning of Foreigner Tribunals. Seen in the light of the Amit Sha’s election promise of driving out “infiltrators” belonging to “foreign religions” from all states, it can lead to political misuse, creating an Assam like situation in other states too. The meeting cautioned unless such a move is not resisted tooth and nail; it will create an atmosphere of tension and turmoil throughout the country.
Indian vote in favour of Israel is betrayal of Palestinian cause:-
Another resolution adopted by the NEC meeting of Popular Front criticized India’s increasing level of support to rogue state of Israel. Our government decision to vote in favour of Israel in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to deny the Palestinian non-governmental organization ‘Shahed’ the observer status is a deviation from our long held stand of supporting Palestinian cause. From the formation of Israel state itself, India has taken a principled stand on the issue. It has opposed Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands and supported Palestinian people’s struggle for freedom and self determination. But Modi government’s decision to unjustly support to Israel in the UN amounts to betrayal of Palestinian people.
Be alert against mysterious groups:-
In another resolution, the NEC of Popular Front cautioned Muslim youths against mysterious groups reported as functioning in some parts of the country. There are some reports of extremist groups luring young people through social media and by other means. If these reports are to be believed, their plans of indiscriminate and mindless violence on innocents go completely against the universal principles of Islam. Also such methods cannot be tolerated in any democratic and plural society. Popular Front had identified the issue since the very beginning and time and again has educated and instructed the community to not get into their traps. This message was conveyed to the public on different occasions. In the wake of the new reports, the meeting pointed that out that the community has to remain all the more alert against mysterious groups.
Chairman E Abubacker presided over the meeting, which was attended by General Secretary M Muhammed Ali Jinnah, Vice Chairman O M A Salam, Secretaries Abdul Wahid Sait and Anis Ahmed and other members of the council.