Guwahati: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizenship (NRC) are not against the citizens of India. Indian Muslim citizens do not have to worry about acts like CAA and NRC. Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sarsanghchalak Dr. Mohan Bhagwat said this in Guwahati today. Dr Bhagwat stated that after the partition it was decided by the Nehru-Liyakat agreement that both the countries (India and Pakistan) will take care of their respective minorities. India is doing its duty towards the minority but Pakistan didn’t do that. People fought against the British for a united independent Bharat. Partition was not done with people’s consensus; few leaders decided the partition and people had to accept it. Due to the partition thousand became homeless and they continued to be so even today. It was accepted by all our leaders then that it is our moral responsibility to think for those who are persecuted due to the partition in Pakistan and Bangladesh. The concept of CAA comes from that promise.
Those who come in fear of persecution have to be given shelter. Dr Bhagwat was addressing an eminent gathering in Srimant Shankardev Kalashetra in Guwahati while launching a book titled “Citizenship Debate over NRC and CAA, Assam and the Politics of History”, written by professor Nani Gopal Mahanta. The program was attended by Assam chief minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Speaker of Assam assembly Biswajit Daimari and host of dignitaries. Talking about the controversies around the NRC Sarsanghchalak Dr. Bhagwat said it is a practice exercise by every county to know its citizen. Every government of this world wants to know who are the actual citizen of the country. Who has come to a country with proper permission or who are without permission? “NRC is one of the mechanisms to identify the citizen of a country. It is not against anybody. But it has been diverted as a communal issue to gain political mileage in our country. CAA and NRC are not Hindu-Muslim issues. But the people of the nation should remain vigilant in these issues and decide what is good for the future of the country”, Dr. Bhagwat Said.
Speaking at the occasion Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that comparing the protest against CAA and NRC in Shaheenbagh and Assam would be wrong. People in Assam protested against CAA to protect their cultural and linguistic identity. But the protest in Shaheenbagh was communal forces behind it. Dr. Sarma further said intellectual society of Assam is dominated by left thinkers and liberals. Whenever someone tries to raise an alternative voice the left and liberals creates intellectual terrorism. The book written by Nani Gopal Mahanta will challenge the left thinking based on the long history of Assam and Assamese society. Speaking about the book Sarsanghchalak Dr. Bhagwat said that the book will unveil many hidden truth of history of Assamese society. Professor Mahanta has written the book with serious research and every page of the book will bring light to some interesting history which were not allowed to come in front of the society.
It should me mention that the book written by professor Mahanta titled “Citizenship Debate over CAA and NRC, Assam and the Politics of History” is based on the identity crisis the Assamese society is facing for several decades due to the huge migration process of Muslim from East Bengal or now Bangladesh. The book has challenge the theory by the left and liberals to trace the Assamese history and nationality from nineteenth century only. The book will through light on the fight of Assamese people to protect its pride and cultural identity which have been evolving since thirteenth century. Professor Mahanta also look at the historical, legal and political contest under which NRC was promulgated in Assam. The chapter on Hindu refugee tries to reflect on how illegal migrants utilize various illegal means in order to legitimate their citizenship in Assam.