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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill : a scourge for NE people
- Imphal Times Editorial :: January 09 2019 -



Assam and Manipur in Particular and the country in general is hit by the bandh called by the North East Students’ Organisation. Almost all life was put to halt.

The ruling BJP led NDA is unnecessarily flaring up unnecessarily crisis to convert their Hindutva agenda into reality.

Knopwing that Manipur and Assam and the neighbouring states like Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram are going to be seriously hit if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill comes into force.

With the act of the NDA led government, the pride of India, for being the world’s largest democracy is slowly derogating its character with the modus operandi of fascists Hindu who are trying to convert the entire country into Hindu Raj.

The new regime governing the nation is giving no respect to ‘Secularism’ which is in the preamble of the Indian constitution. Among other issue - the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which the ruling BJP is trying to passed.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,2016 is the direct violation of this Article 14 of our constitution. The Bill also stated illegal migrants from Afganistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

When it comes to the state of Manipur it is already a known fact that Protected Area Permit System which had been imposed in the state has been lifted but continues for foreign tourist from Afganistan and China.

When the country restrict tourist from Afganistan in visiting the state of Manipur, what actually is the agenda of accepting the illegal migrants base on religion from Afganistan be granted citizenship if they stay for 6 years.

This concept of staying in the country for seven years is also illogical when there are Foriegners Prohibition Act.

Preamble of the Indian constitution says “WE, THE PEOPLE OF INDIA, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC and to secure to all its citizens: JUSTICE, social, economic and political; LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; EQUALITY of status and of opportunity; and to promote among them all FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and integrity of the Nation.

It is this preamble that the nation’s constitution was framed 395 articles in 22 parts and 8 schedules at the time of commencement. At present the nation’s constitution consist 448 articles in 25 parts, 12 schedules, 5 appendices and 98 amendments. All amendments are done under the preamble.

The equality mention here envisages that no section of the society enjoys special privileges and individuals are provided with adequate opportunities without any discrimination.

All are equal in front of law. The word secularism which was added later says that India is a country where any citizen can chose any religion.

The world’s largest democracy remains dogged by the twin legacies of feudalism and colonialism.

It’s no wrong to say that citizens are treated like subjects. Elected representatives (except some few), who are meant to serve the people often act like feudal lords than representatives of the people.

Under this legacy, Global capitalists are invited to exploit the lands and indigenous labour of some of the most oppressed downtrodden people.

Since India was built as a nation, after driving out the British Colonial rulers nothing is change to the life of the common people.

Common people in India still suffer from exclusion, discrimination and abuse under its caste, class, ethnic and gender system.

What is more horrifying is the open secret agenda of the fascists Hindu Regime which is making all sort of strategy to convert the entire country into one religion one nation.

It is indeed a direct blow to the Constitution of India. As these group is utilizing all form of powers including the executive as well the judiciary, no Indian at present have the gut to challenge such unconstitutional activities.

Rape of women including minor girl are politicized by dancing in the communal orchestra. Minority are forced to distort the history for the cause of fascist’s goal.

One clear example is the controversial speech of Chief Minister N. Biren Singh – at which he connected the erstwhile nation state Manipur with that of the Aryan Mythology .

The writing of letter to UP Chief Minister by Manipur Chief Minister also took everyone by surprise.

The agenda of the Hindu Fascists is being reflected to the recent changes seen after the BJP which is the brainchild of RSS came to power.

There are good Hindu, but this is the first time that the country is witnessing a group of Hindu followers who are fascists and feudalistic in character.

Back here in the state of Manipur, voice of the Indigenous Manipuri who have been struggling hard for revival of the Indigenous Meitei religion has been almost suppressed.

The titular King who had once converted to Sanamahi religion now becomes a real bhak of Shri Shri Govinda.

Many youth’s leaders who had been advocating the merger of Manipur to the Indian Union on October 15, 1959 as illegal now are seen wearing saffron cap, khaki half pant and say nothing when the Mythology of the erstwhile nation have been insulted.



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