BJP chief and Union Minister Amit Shah recently proclaimed in Kolkata that the Government will take the National Citizenship Registry (NRC) across the nation and “no matter how much the Trinamool Congress opposes it, the BJP will get it done”.
Amit Shah was present in Kolkata for an inauguration programme of a Durga Puja Pandal but Shah hurled a full-scale political attack on Trinamool Congress as well as on the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee.
But before we dig deep into the matter, let us know what is NRC.
According to Wikipedia, “The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register maintained by the Government of India containing names & certain relevant information for identification of all genuine Indian citizens.”
Though the register was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India, but since then it has not been updated until recently.
Now Amit Shah along with BJP is looking forward to running through Bengal with the NRC Agniparikhsha, which was opposed by CM Mamata Banerjee from the very beginning. As Bengal is home to lakhs of immigrants and the post-NRC situation in Assam is pretty chaotic, a lot of hegemony has been created in Bengal in the name of NRC.
It is important to note that, in West Bengal already 8 people have died or committed suicide as they failed to procure the requisite certificates to prove their citizenship.
On a significant note, last Tuesday, while addressing the audience, Shah had specifically mentioned that no Hindu immigrant will be negatively affected by NRC.
What does that statement mean?
What about the Muslims? What will happen to them?
Well! Shah’s speech did not give us the answer.
As the east and north-eastern part of India is almost about to forget the Kashmir massacre and poor economic condition of India with the help of NRC, let’s take a look on what the actual agenda was behind NRC in Assam and what it has become presently.
NRC or National Register of Citizens for Indian citizens was first created in 1951. Apart from Assam, Manipur and Tripura were also granted permission to create their own NRCs, but it never materialised. The reason behind intending to start NRC policy was to identify Indian citizens in Assam amid “unabated” migration from Bangladesh.
Despite the NRC project, credit should not go to BJP as NRC is not, and had never been a project of the BJP government. This political party had tried to own it and fill it with communal rhetoric. When every other idea failed to get accomplished and it was noticed that the proportion of Hindus is higher among those who were excluded from the NRC list, the present government even tried to introduce Citizenship Bill which can guarantee citizenship to a non-citizen as long as the person is Hindu!
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Names of more than 19 lac citizens were not included in the recently published NRC list of Assam among whom the family members of a former President of India and former chief minister of Assam were excluded.
While the whole ‘NRC thing’ was a regional demand of Assam, now BJP government is all set to run it through the country, especially West Bengal.
Why so? Why does a person who is born and raised in India have to keep on proving his or her citizenship via Adhaar Card, then citizenship card and then linking all the other identity cards with each other and what not!
The nation does not know how NRC has suddenly become one of the most significant parts of our lives and how being a ‘Hindu’ can specifically save the dignity of people in a constitutionally secular country named INDIA!
Does anyone have an answer? If so, kindly share your views in the comment box!
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