Anti-CAA protesters in Aligarh vow not end their protest till agitation in Shaheen Bagh continues
The US has expressed concern over the current situation of religious freedom in India and raised the issue with Indian officials, a senior State Department official has said.
The remarks came in the wake of widespread protests held across India against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Protesters in Shah Alam (Aligarh) tell that their agitation is inspired by Shaheen Bagh protesters and will end when protest concludes at Shaheen Bagh.
As protests against CAA-NRC spread across other parts of India, including Uttar Pradesh, women sitting in Shah Jamal (Aligarh) explicitly say that their protest draws inspiration from the one in Shaheen Bagh, Delhi, and will conclude only when protesters in Delhi call off their protest against CAA-NRC.
Talking to India Today, a senior administrative official said that there was no doubt that those protesting here is the product of the same anti-government lobby that is leading and funding the Shaheen Bagh protest in Delhi. He also said that the police are keeping a close watch on these protesters to ascertain their links with anti-national elements.
Several women India Today spoke to told that district police and administrative officials have come to them several times to get the venue vacated. However, they refused and asserted that their protest will only end after CAA is withdrawn by the Union government.
“We are making all efforts to end this protest, and that a report is being sent to the Chief Minister every day. It should be considered a success of the local administration that the protest has not turned violent in any manner,” said CB Singh, District Magistrate of Aligarh.
Meanwhile, protesters have also made sure that their protest is not hijacked by any political party and created a virtual anti-political wall with an understanding that political leaders do not get space on stage.
Hindustani Biradari Vice-Chairman Vishal Sharma said that political parties should desist from making any inflammatory statements on CAA/NRC as it is already a sensitive issue all over India. Instead, the opposition should work with the government to remove all misconceptions that are floating on social media about CAA. He said that CAA in itself, is not a discriminatory law and it does not affect the citizenship of Indian nationals in any manner.
Sharma said that instead of raising the specter of NRC in the minds of the Muslim community, the opposition parties should ensure the free and fair implementation of NRC so that all infiltrators in the country can be weeded out and this debate over illegal immigrants living in India can be settled for all times.
In fact, the opposition parties should themselves appeal to Shaheen Bagh protestors to end the protest after the statement made by PM Modi in the parliament asserting that there is no plan for a nationwide NRC at this time. In the interest of the nation, the opposition parties should stop politicizing this issue and work with the government to settle down the protestors and rebuild confidence in the minds of the Muslim community.
According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 following religious persecution there will get Indian citizenship.
The Indian government has been emphasising that the new law will not deny any citizenship rights, but has been brought to protect the oppressed minorities of neighbouring countries and give them citizenship
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