Over 1,000 academicians, scholars issue joint statement supporting citizenship law
NEW DELHI: Amid the ongoing protests across the country, a group of about 1,100 academicians, intellectuals and research scholars has issued a joint statement in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The group, in a statement, has said that the act fulfils the long-standing demand of providing refuge to persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
"Ever since the failure of the Liaquat-Nehru pact of 1950, various leaders and political parties like the Congress, CPM etc, cutting across the ideological spectrum, have demanded the grant of citizenship to religious minorities from Pakistan and Bangladesh who mostly belong to the Dalit castes," the group said.
The group congratulated Parliament and go nment for "standing up for forgotten minorities" and "upholding the civilizational ethos of India" and also for providing a haven to those fleeing religious persecution.
We also note with satisfaction that the concerns of the Northeastern states have been heard and are being addressed appropriately. We believe that CAA is in perfect sync with the secular Constitution of India as it does not prevent any person of any religion from any country, seeking Indian citizenship. Nor does it change the criteria of citizenship in any way; merely providing a special expedited redress, under special circumstances, for minorities fleeing religious persecution from three specific countries i.e. Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan," they said.
The group said that an atmosphere of fear and paranoia is being created in the country through deliberate obfuscation and fear-mongering leading to violence in several parts of the country. "We appeal to every section of society to exercise restraint and refuse to fall into the trap of propaganda, communalism and anarchism," the group further added.
canmurthy • 21 hours ago
Yes Sirs, We (silent majority) are all within you!
Lachhman Bhatia• 18 hours ago
As those persecuted people who have been forced to come out of Pakistan particularly as to what they think about the bill. They are expressing their gratitude to PM Modi for ending their agony. It is sham intellectuals, writers and others, who have come out on streets to oppose.
Potassium Cyanide• 18 hours ago
This violence instigated by Cons will ensure that the next time Hindu voters will keep it in mind suring elections.
Giriraj Bhardwaj• 14 hours ago
We are wise. We have wisdom to understand good and bad for national interest.
Raj Kumar • 21 hours ago
Nothing wrong with CAA. This is just a current excuse to riot by antisocial elements.
Raja Moorthy • Yangon • 21 hours ago
The silent majority has finally awakened. We salute you sirs for taking up the cudgels and speaking in support of an act that only corrects a historical blunder. India has provided shelter to persecuted minorities since hundreds of years and will continue to do so with this act.
shanthakumar mahadevaiah• 14 hours ago
i am with you all
Amar Akbar Antony• 12 hours ago
The country survived this longer without much issues only because of the secularism guaranteed in the constitution.
True speak • 21 hours ago