All Modi-Shah are doing, not just CAA and NRC, is to polarise on communal lines: Yashwant Sinha

23 December 2019
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Various politicians, civil-rights activists and students from across the country have criticised the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party for introducing the “discriminatory” and “unconstitutional” Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. Many of them believed that the act, which was enacted on 12 December, is a precursor to an all-India National Register of Citizens, and together, the policies would raise doubts over the citizenship of Indian Muslims.

Among the critics was Yashwant Sinha, a former union finance minister under the BJP government. “The most suitable reply of the people of India to CAA and NRC should be not to cooperate with the govt and refuse to share any personal or family information with the authorities. Let them declare all of us as non-citizens,” Sinha tweeted, a couple of days after the enactment of the law.

But when news of countrywide protests and police crackdowns started to gain traction, Sinha singled out Muslim protestors in a tweet that appeared to ignore the violence inflicted on members of the community by the police. He wrote, “When secular India is fighting to protect secular values in the country why is the Muslim population taking to violence. In doing so, it is playing into the hands of those who want to polarise society on communal lines. It should stop forthwith.”

Abhimanyu Chandra is a PhD student in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

Keywords: Citizenship (Amendment) Act Bharatiya Janata Party Indian economy