Imphal, Feb 12,
All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur [ATRPFM] has vehemently opposed the passing and enforcement of CAB, 2016.
In a statement the forum said that India should first secured the rights of the citizens of India before looking beyond its boundaries. The Human Rights Watch, in its World Report, New York, January 18, 2018, it has explicitly referenced that the Indian government neglected to stop or solidly research vigilante assaults against minority religious groups during 2017. Many senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) freely promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism to the detriment of basic rights for all Indians. Fanatic Hindu gatherings, many professing to be associated with the ruling BJP, carried out various attacks against Muslims, Christians and other minorities in the name of religion which is against the spirit of secularism and basic structure of the Constitution is being defeated. Extremist Hindu groups, many claiming to be affiliated with the ruling BJP, committed many assaults against Christians and other minority communities and instead of taking prompt legal action against the attackers, police frequently filed complaints against the victims. There were somewhere around 38 such assaults in 2017, and 10 individuals were murdered, the report said.
Hence, it is shameful and hypocratic on the part of India to rehabilitate minorities from outside the country without securing the rights of the minorities in India, the statement added.
Members of civil society and religious minorities in India were concerned over minority communities feeling “increasingly vulnerable” due to Hindu nationalist groups engaging in violence against non-Hindu individuals and their places of worship. It shall be noted that indigenous people from North East Region, Dalits, Muslims, and Christians were feeling increasingly insecure in India. Under such circumstances, the action and inaction of the Indian Government to grant citizenships to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan is highly unfair, unjust and against the interests of the indigenous North East people. The population of India is extremely high except NE Region and populace from other parts of India have been reaching and settling in the region in high proportion in compare to NE population. The cities in other parts of the country are already congested and if the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 become an Act, the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan automatically choose NE region as their residents. That will certainly affects the distinct history, identity, race, culture, religion, topography, language etc would be invaded and the indigenous minority people of the NE region would be wiped out from their own land. Thus, CAB, 2016 itself is a tool for invasion, marginalisation, colonisation and annexation of land, property and life of the small indigenous NE people. Accordingly, All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur [ATRPFM] vehemently opposes the passing and enforcing the CAB, 2016.
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