9 January 2020
Dear Fellow Citizens of India,
Over the past few weeks, many of you have been understandably agitated over the enactment of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (“CAA“). Your fears have been compounded by the contradictory and confusing statements made by spokespersons of the Government of India on the implementation of the National Register of Indian Citizens (“NRIC”), Though that government now seeks to delink the National Population Register (“NPR”) from the NRIC, we, the Constitutional Conduct Group, comprising former civil servants from the All-India and Central Services committed to the Constitution of India, consider it our duty to inform you that the three issues are linked, acquaint you with the facts regarding the NPR, NRIC and the CAA and emphasise why these measures need to be resolutely opposed. For easy comprehension, we are listing the issues pointwise:
- There is no need for the NPR and NRIC
Both the NPR and NRIC exercises flow out of the amendments in 2003 to the Citizenship Act, 1955 (“1955 Act”) and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 (“2003 Rules”) framed by the then NDA government in 2003. The NPR has nothing to do with the Census of India, which is conducted every ten years and is next due in 2021. While the Census collects information about all residents of India without listing their names, the NPR is a list of names of all those who have lived in India for over six months, regardless of their nationality. A Population Register will contain the list of persons usually residing within a specified local area (village/town/ward/demarcated area).
The NRIC will effectively be a subset of the Population Registers for the entire country. The 2003 Rules provide for verification of the details in the Population Register by the Local Registrar (normally a taluka or town functionary) who will separate out cases of doubtful citizenship and conduct further enquiries. After carrying out enquiries in respect of residents whose citizenship status is suspect, the Local Registrar will prepare a draft Local Register of Indian Citizens, which would exclude those not able to establish, through documentary proof, their claim to be citizens of India.
It is at this stage that the experience of the citizens of Assam can cause apprehensions in the minds of those who are required to establish their citizenship, whether or not they profess any religion. The NPR 2020, unlike the NPR 2010, asks not only for the names of the parents of the resident, but also seeks to also record their dates and places of birth. A person who is not able to furnish these details for his/her parents or, for that matter, for himself/herself, could well be classified a “doubtful citizen”.
The 2003 amendments to the 1955 Act (vide Sections 3 (b), 3 (c) and 14A) and the consequent introduction of the 2003 Rules seem to indicate an undue obsession about illegal migrants, without any factual basis. We fail to understand the need for a nationwide identification of “illegal migrants”, which is what the NRIC in effect amounts to, when census statistics over the past seven decades do not show any major demographic shifts, except in certain pockets in some areas of North-Eastern and Eastern India adjoining our neighbouring countries.
We are apprehensive that the vast powers to include or exclude a person from the Local Register of Indian Citizens that is going to be vested in the bureaucracy at a fairly junior level has the scope to be employed in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner, subject to local pressures and to meet specific political objectives, not to mention the unbridled scope for large-scale corruption. Added to this is the provision for objections to the draft Local Register from any person. The Assam NRC exercise has thrown up the dangers of such a large-scale exercise: lakhs of citizens have been made to spend their life’s savings running from pillar to post to establish their citizenship credentials. Worrying reports are already coming in of people in different parts of India rushing in panic to obtain the necessary birth documents. The problem is magnified in a country where the maintenance of birth records is poor, coupled with highly inefficient birth registration systems. Errors of inclusion and exclusion have been a feature of all large-scale surveys in India, the Below Poverty Line survey and the Socio-Economic Caste Census being prime examples. The recently completed NRC exercise in Assam has been equally error-ridden and has led to major discontent. Indeed the State Government itself, with the BJP in power, has rejected its own NRC data, an extremely ludicrous scenario.
The provisions of the CAA, coupled with rather aggressive statements over the past few years from the highest levels of this government, rightly cause deep unease in India’s Muslim community, which has already faced discrimination and attacks on issues ranging from allegations of love jihad to cattle smuggling and beef consumption. That the Muslim community has had to face the brunt of police action in recent days only in those states where the local police is controlled by the party in power at the centre only adds credence to the widespread feeling that the NPR-NRIC exercise could be used for selective targeting of specific communities and individuals.
Added to the inconvenience that the NPR would put the common person through is the unnecessary expenditure on the NPR exercise, when data which is now to be gathered is already available through the Aadhaar system: these include name, address, date of birth, father/husband’s name and gender. Most Indian citizens are already covered by Aadhaar. The purpose of gathering a lot of the additional data (over and above the Aadhaar details) is unclear and will only give rise to the reasonable apprehension that the bona fide citizen could be enmeshed in an interminable, costly bureaucratic exercise if his/her citizenship status comes under doubt.
Our group of former civil servants, with many years of service in the public sphere, is firmly of the view that both the NPR and the NRIC are unnecessary and wasteful exercises, which will cause hardship to the public at large and will also entail public expenditure that is better spent on schemes benefiting the poor and disadvantaged sections of society. They also constitute an invasion of the citizens’ right to privacy, since a lot of information, including Aadhaar, mobile numbers and voter IDs will be listed in a document, with scope for misuse.
- Why authorise widespread setting up of Foreigners’ Tribunals and detention camps?:
The Foreigners (Tribunals) Amendment Order, 2019 (issued on 30 May 2019) has unnecessarily stoked fears that Foreigners’ Tribunals can now be set up on the orders of any District Magistrate in India and is the precursor to a widespread exercise to identify “illegal migrants”. While the central government may contend that there is no such intention, it was surely impolitic, given the prevailing atmosphere in Assam and elsewhere, to issue such blanket orders delegating powers for constituting Foreigners’ Tribunals. The experience with Foreigners’ Tribunals in Assam has been, to put it bluntly, traumatic for those at the receiving end. After running the gamut of gathering documents and answering objections to their citizenship claims, “doubtful citizens” have also had to contend with these Tribunals, the composition and functioning of which were highly discretionary and arbitrary. Consequently, a number of citizens lost their lives in the quest for affirming citizenship or have had to suffer the indignity of incarceration in detention camps.
There have also been media reports, not denied by the Government of India, that orders for setting up detention camps have been given to all state governments. We are frankly bemused by the Prime Minister’s recent statement that no such camps are in existence, when reports have documented the construction of such camps in states as far apart as Goalpara in Assam and Nelamangala in Karnataka and the intention to construct a detention centre in Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra. The Government of India has not come out with any statistics to show that the “illegal migrants” problem in India is so severe that it requires the large-scale construction of detention camps all over the country.
- The constitutional and moral untenability of the CAA:
We have our grave reservations about the constitutional validity of the CAA provisions, which we also consider to be morally indefensible. We would like to emphasise that a statute that consciously excludes the Muslim religion from its purview is bound to give rise to apprehensions in what is a very large segment of India’s population. A formulation that focused on those suffering persecution (religious, political, social) in any country in the world would not only have calmed local apprehensions but would also have been appreciated by the international community. In its current formulation, the CAA does not even mention the word “persecuted”, probably because using this word in the context of Afghanistan and Bangladesh would have marred India’s relations with these countries. Given that the Government of India has powers to grant citizenship after a migrant has completed eleven years in India, it would be instructive to know whether the Government of India has cleared all pending cases of “illegal migrants” till end-2008. Since the discretion to grant citizenship and to exempt individuals/groups from the purview of the Passport Act, 1920 and the Foreigners Act, 1946 lies entirely with the Government of India, this discretion could have been exercised on a case by case basis by the Government of India without any need to go through the exercise of the CAA and mentioning specific communities from specific countries.
What has given rise to grave apprehensions about the intentions of the Government of India has been the rash of statements by Ministers of the Government of India in recent times, linking the NRIC and the CAA. The Prime Minister’s statement at a public meeting in Delhi on 22 December that the CAA and the NRIC are not linked contradicts the averments of his Home Minister on repeated occasions in various fora. In such a welter of conflicting and confusing utterances, it is hardly surprising that the ordinary citizen is left bewildered and is overcome by unknown fears, more so when government has not entered into any dialogue on this issue. At a time when the economic situation in the country warrants the closest attention of the government, India can ill afford a situation where the citizenry and the government enter into confrontation on the roads. Nor is it desirable to have a situation where the majority of State Governments are not inclined to implement the NPR/NRIC, leading to an impasse in centre-state relations, so crucial in a federal set up like India. Above all, we see a situation developing where India is in danger of losing international goodwill and alienating its immediate neighbours, with adverse consequences for the security set-up in the sub-continent. India also stands to lose its position as a moral beacon guiding many other countries on the path to liberal democracy.
We, therefore, urge our fellow citizens to insist, as we do, that the Government of India pay heed to the voice of the citizens of India and take the following steps at the earliest:
- Repeal Sections 14A and 18 (2) (ia) of the Citizenship Act, 1955, pertaining to the issue of national identity cards and its procedures and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003 in its entirety.
- Withdraw the Foreigners (Tribunals) Amendment Order, 2019 and withdraw all instructions for construction of detention camps.
- Repeal the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.
CONSTITUTIONAL CONDUCT GROUP
(106 signatories, as below)
|1.||Anita Agnihotri||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Department of Social Justice Empowerment, GoI|
|2.||Salahuddin Ahmad||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan|
|3.||V.S. Ailawadi||IAS (Retd.)||Former Vice Chairman, Delhi Development Authority|
|4.||S.P. Ambrose||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Secretary, Ministry of Shipping & Transport, GoI|
|5.||Anand Arni||R&AW (Retd.)||Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI|
|6.||Mohinderpal Aulakh||IPS (Retd.)||Former Director General of Police (Jails), Govt. of Punjab|
|7.||N. Bala Baskar||IAS (Retd.)||Former Principal Adviser (Finance), Ministry of External Affairs, GoI|
|8.||Vappala Balachandran||IPS (Retd.)||Former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, GoI|
|9.||Gopalan Balagopal||IAS (Retd.)||Former Special Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal|
|10.||Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Coal, GoI|
|11.||Sharad Behar||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh|
|12.||Madhu Bhaduri||IFS (Retd.)||Former Ambassador to Portugal|
|13.||Meeran C Borwankar||IPS (Retd.)||Former DGP, Bureau of Police Research and Development, GoI|
|14.||Ravi Budhiraja||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chairman, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, GoI|
|15.||Sundar Burra||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra|
|16.||R. Chandramohan||IAS (Retd.)||Former Principal Secretary, Transport and Urban Development, Govt. of NCT of Delhi|
|17.||K.M. Chandrasekhar||IAS (Retd.)||Former Cabinet Secretary, GoI|
|18.||Rachel Chatterjee||IAS (Retd.)||Former Special Chief Secretary, Agriculture, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh|
|19.||Kalyani Chaudhuri||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal|
|20.||Anna Dani||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra|
|21.||Surjit K. Das||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Uttarakhand|
|22.||Vibha Puri Das||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, GoI|
|23.||P.R. Dasgupta||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chairman, Food Corporation of India, GoI|
|24.||Nareshwar Dayal||IFS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom|
|25.||Pradeep K. Deb||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Deptt. Of Sports, GoI|
|26.||Nitin Desai||IES (Retd.)||Former Secretary and Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, GoI|
|27.||Keshav Desiraju||IAS (Retd.)||Former Health Secretary, GoI|
|28.||M.G. Devasahayam||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Govt. of Haryana|
|29.||Sushil Dubey||IFS (Retd.)||Former Ambassador to Sweden|
|30.||K.P. Fabian||IFS (Retd.)||Former Ambassador to Italy|
|31.||Prabhu Ghate||IAS (Retd.)||Former Addl. Director General, Department of Tourism, GoI|
|32.||Arif Ghauri||IRS (Retd.)||Former Governance Adviser, DFID, Govt. of the United Kingdom (on deputation)|
|33.||Gourisankar Ghosh||IAS (Retd.)||Former Mission Director, National Drinking Water Mission, GoI|
|34.||S.K. Guha||IAS (Retd.)||Former Joint Secretary, Department of Women & Child Development, GoI|
|35.||Meena Gupta||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests, GoI|
|36.||Ravi Vira Gupta||IAS (Retd.)||Former Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India|
|37.||Wajahat Habibullah||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, GoI and Chief Information Commissioner|
|38.||Deepa Hari||IRS (Resigned)|
|39.||Sajjad Hassan||IAS (Retd.)||Former Commissioner (Planning), Govt. of Manipur|
|40.||Siraj Hussain||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Department of Agriculture, GoI|
|41.||Kamal Jaswal||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI|
|42.||Jagdish Joshi||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Chief Secretary (Planning), Govt. of Maharashtra|
|43.||Najeeb Jung||IAS (Retd.)||Former Lieutenant Governor, Delhi|
|44.||Rahul Khullar||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India|
|45.||K. John Koshy||IAS (Retd.)||Former State Chief Information Commissioner, West Bengal|
|46.||Ajai Kumar||IFoS (Retd.)||Former Director, Ministry of Agriculture, GoI|
|47.||Arun Kumar||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, GoI|
|48.||Brijesh Kumar||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Department of Information Technology, GoI|
|49.||P.K. Lahiri||IAS (Retd.)||Former Executive Director, Asian Development Bank|
|50.||Subodh Lal||IPoS (Resigned)||Former Deputy Director General, Ministry of Communications, GoI|
|51.||S.K. Lambah||IFS (Retd.)||Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India|
|52.||P.M.S. Malik||IFS (Retd.)||Former Ambassador to Myanmar & Special Secretary, MEA, GoI|
|53.||Harsh Mander||IAS (Retd.)||Govt. of Madhya Pradesh|
|54.||Lalit Mathur||IAS (Retd.)||Former Director General, National Institute of Rural Development, GoI|
|55.||Aditi Mehta||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Rajasthan|
|56.||Shivshankar Menon||IFS (Retd.)||Former Foreign Secretary and Former National Security Adviser|
|57.||Sonalini Mirchandani||IFS (Resigned)||GoI|
|58.||Sunil Mitra||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI|
|59.||Deb Mukharji||IFS (Retd.)||Former High Commissioner to Bangladesh and former Ambassador to Nepal|
|60.||Shiv Shankar Mukherjee||IFS (Retd.)||Former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom|
|61.||Pranab S. Mukhopadhyay||IAS (Retd.)||Former Director, Institute of Port Management, GoI|
|62.||Sobha Nambisan||IAS (Retd.)||Former Principal Secretary (Planning), Govt. of Karnataka|
|63.||P.G.J. Nampoothiri||IPS (Retd.)||Former Director General of Police, Govt. of Gujarat|
|64.||Surendra Nath||IAS (Retd.)||Former Member, Finance Commission, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh|
|65.||P.A. Nazareth||IFS (Retd.)||GoI|
|66.||Amitabha Pande||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Inter-State Council, GoI|
|67.||Alok Perti||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Ministry of Coal, GoI|
|68.||R.M. Premkumar||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of Maharashtra|
|69.||T.R. Raghunandan||IAS (Retd.)||Former Joint Secretary, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, GoI|
|70.||N.K. Raghupathy||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chairman, Staff Selection Commission, GoI|
|71.||V.P. Raja||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chairman, Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission|
|72.||C. Babu Rajeev||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, GoI|
|73.||K. Sujatha Rao||IAS (Retd.)||Former Health Secretary, GoI|
|74.||M.Y. Rao||IAS (Retd.)|
|75.||Satwant Reddy||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, GoI|
|76.||Julio Ribeiro||IPS (Retd.)||Former Adviser to Governor of Punjab & former Ambassador to Romania|
|77.||Aruna Roy||IAS (Resigned)|
|78.||Manabendra N. Roy||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal|
|79.||Deepak Sanan||IAS (Retd.)||Former Principal Adviser (AR) to Chief Minister, Govt. of Himachal Pradesh|
|80.||G. Sankaran||IC&CES (Retd.)||Former President, Customs, Excise and Gold (Control) Appellate Tribunal|
|81.||Shyam Saran||IFS (Retd.)||Former Foreign Secretary and Former Chairman, National Security Advisory Board|
|82.||S. Satyabhama||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chairperson, National Seeds Corporation, GoI|
|83.||N.C. Saxena||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Planning Commission, GoI|
|84.||Ardhendu Sen||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chief Secretary, Govt. of West Bengal|
|85.||Abhijit Sengupta||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI|
|86.||Aftab Seth||IFS (Retd.)||Former Ambassador to Japan|
|87.||Ashok Kumar Sharma||IFS (Retd.)||Former Ambassador to Finland and Estonia|
|88.||Navrekha Sharma||IFS (Retd.)||Former Ambassador to Indonesia|
|89.||Pravesh Sharma||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh|
|90.||Raju Sharma||IAS (Retd.)||Former Member, Board of Revenue, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh|
|91.||Rashmi Shukla Sharma||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh|
|92.||Har Mander Singh||IAS (Retd.)||Former Director General, ESI Corporation, GoI|
|93.||Padamvir Singh||IAS (Retd.)||Former Director, LBSNAA, Mussoorie, GoI|
|94.||Satyavir Singh||IRS (Retd.)||Former Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, GoI|
|95.||Sujatha Singh||IFS (Retd.)||Former Foreign Secretary, GoI|
|96.||Tirlochan Singh||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, National Commission for Minorities, GoI|
|Former Secretary, Ministry of Culture, GoI, & former CEO, Prasar Bharati|
|98.||Narendra Sisodia||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Ministry of Finance, GoI
|99.||Manoj Srivastava||IAS (Retd.)||Former Commissioner, Departmental Enquiries (Chief Secretary rank)|
|100.||Sanjivi Sundar||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary, Ministry of Surface Transport, GoI|
|101.||Parveen Talha||IRS (Retd.)||Former Member, Union Public Service Commission|
|102.||Thanksy Thekkekera||IAS (Retd.)||Former Additional Chief Secretary, Minorities Development, Govt. of Maharashtra|
|103.||P.S.S. Thomas||IAS (Retd.)||Former Secretary General, National Human Rights Commission|
|104.||Geetha Thoopal||IRAS (Retd.)||Former General Manager, Metro Railway, Kolkata|
|105.||Hindal Tyabji||IAS (Retd.)||Former Chief Secretary rank, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir|
|IAS (Retd.)||Former Director General, YASHADA, Govt. of Maharashtra|
32 thoughts on “AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CITIZENS OF INDIA: INDIA DOES NOT NEED THE CAA-NPR-NRIC”
To dumb down the citizens, BJP spokespeople on all channels almost rebuke with a challenge…Where is this written in the C A A…When the citizen responds–it is feared …then at once he is bullied–what fear?Show us where is written…Evidently ,not every citizen can cite the horrific instances of Deprivation of Citizenship. Perhaps the Assam experience needs to be foregrounded. All communities, classes, professions. are potential targets of these inhuman legal gallows.
Please never ever visit west Europe or USA where you may be asked to present your ID no matter if you are a citizen or a tourist and failure to do that will land you in jail with a hefty fine of around 250 euros to 500 euros.
Obviously why do we need CAA, NRC, NPR, UCC? Why should even India think of becoming a superpower let’s just be content with 9 to5 job till 60 years of service, marry our children and then criticize the government’s policies until Yamadoots come to retrieve us 🙄🙄
Do you realise…that no one wants to respond to you….
….pata nahi kabir kahe the ki nahi….
…gyani jab mile gyanee se kare gyan ki baat…
..gaadha jabhue mile gadhue se…khaiee due due laath…..
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
So just 2 words to u Vibhuti: F**k off
“Obviously why do we need CAA, NRC, NPR, UCC? Why should even India think of becoming a superpower”??? These will make India super power or the economy will? Where are we on jobs and development? GDP growth by Government estimate will be below 5% this year. Where are the 1 crore annual jobs when unemployment is the highest in 45 years. And do not give the crap about six years only in rule, six years is long enough to show your priorities. Since you keep comparing NRC with theocratic states in the West, can you also please compare us on any international index of development?? You cannot because this government is not interested in that. How will we become superpower with a NRC is beyond me….Also, these 106 people have served India and its interests in India and abroad, there is a former NSA and Foreign Secretary in the list. Service to India is beyond abusing people anonymously on websites.There is also a BJP appointed ex-Governor on the list. Are all of them “Congress stooges”? Can Congress whose Rahul Gandhi couldn’t save his own seat against a TV soap actress actually convince 106 people f such repute to sign an open public document?
India, like any sovereign nation, needs a citizenship database and system that guarantees freedoms its constitution provides to them. The idea has always been out there; now the country appears to take decisive action on the matter. However, it must do this carefully and cautiously — in the truest spirit of “sab deshvasiyon ka saath, unka vikas aur vishwas”!
That said, it would benefit all of us — current and future citizens— if the following issues/concerns/actions are addressed before moving further:
1. Criteria for “doubtful citizenship data”? What should be done to make the process trouble free for those who are not illegally staying in India?
2. How can government make resources that collect, verify, and prepare NRC/NPR records people helpers and not staff vested with corruptible powers?
3. How will India create a system that does not end up becoming a tool for politicians to exploit the data to serve their interest?
4. How can the government create a multi-step process for citizenship confirmation so that lawful citizens do neither spend money nor time in running from pillar to post? Government must facilitate the process in next stages once the relevant preliminary information has been supplied by the citizen.
5. Government should include points learnt from census and economic and other data collected from time to time in the past. Obviously, too many flaws exist in these processes.
6. All information available and proven in census and Aadhaar processes should not be recollected. Govt should clarify why any data not already collected at census/Aadhaar level is required now.
7. Govt must ensure how it’s system would secure citizens’ privacy in the wake of all the information it collects on its citizens.
8. Post the initial data collection, verification and implementation, how is govt to go about identifying undetected and/or future illegal migrants?
9. How will govt prevent targeting of innocent citizens by zealots on the basis of differences that crossover to becoming socially or politically discriminatory?
10. The honourable Supreme Court should give it’s ruling on the constitutional validity of the exercise intended once the govt has responded to the above and other relevant concerns of India’s citizens reasonably satisfactorily.
One of the clearest analysis I have read on why the CAA-NPR_NRC is such a terrible move, morall, ethically, legally and constitutionally!
That you don’t get to decide. Thankfully we have Supreme court I. India and not rabid fools like you fell vering verdicts on matters they scantly even comprehend
CAA is unconstitutional as per article 15 of the constitution of India. As Home minister told that this act will be helpful to give citizenship to the minorities i.e. Hindu, Sikh, Cristian from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh on the basis of religious prostitution , I have no problem in this act but the document is differ as our home minister says. In the document, there is no any word of about religious prostitution.
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Article 15 is for Indian citizens you dumbo.
CAA is for non Indian citizens and it’s for those religiously persecuted, not prostituted 😆😆😆
bloody individual ‘ it is not prostitution dear prostitute it is persecution. dont submit your habit on this public space
Very well written. Thank you. Assuming that the Supreme court does not strike down CAA and the government proceeds with NPR-NRC, what suggestions do you have for ordinary citizens?
Leave India for any of these 3 countries and apply citizenship there and when persecution starts there on you, then apply for Indian citizenship back under CAA and thank current government for bringing this in the first place.
Also leave your communist antinational brain when applying for Indian citizenship again which can’t see the benefits that would be accrued with the nation building exercises like CAA, NPR, NRC and most importantly UCC
S.Ganguly is questioning the government, which is what a citizen does in a democracy, he is not anti-national. There is a difference. Perhaps if you could move beyond Andha Bhakti, you could see it too. He could be a tax paying nation builder, you don’t have to prove your nationalism by agreeing to whatever regulations a government wants. And I wonder why you are talking of NRC when the Hon’ble PM has said that his government has not even mentioned the NRC.
Do you know ‘dumbo’ how many will be benefited by CAA? According to the sleuths of home deptt. of the Govt. of India, the figure is 31,311. To benefit 31311 foreign intruder why devastating lives of 1.35 billion citizens of the country? When a prime minister can not show his graduation certificate, has he any authority to ask for documents from crores of under-privileged who do not bother to preserve any such things?
All the 106 dumbols who have signed this open letter (similar to the 46 chameleons who signed open letter on 6Dec2019 beating chest that SC made a wrong decision) are stooges of congress party and work symbiotically in a congress ecosystem cultivated with decades of corruption.
First congress took care of them and now they are taking care of the congress without realizing that Indian population has seen through your act.
No western nation (N America & west Europe) is without NPR and NRC. Moreover, everyone is always expected to carry your Visa, resident permit or passport (as per case of different Nationals or citizens) in case authorities ask.
Failure to do so can land one in jail and fine.
So all 106 of these pseudo intellectuals are politely requested to travel there and then immediately burn their IDs on which they entered and enjoy the reception they will get in the jails of these countries.
Only then these arm chair experts will understand how badly we need NRC, NPR, UCC and most urgently strict population control laws
No doubt India, our respected BHARAT MATAA is in a terrific conditions…her children r struggling on roads against Rulling Party leaving Campus_es against CAA/ NRC/NPC/ BEYROJGARl/ Economical Conditions/ Bhook Mari etc.etc.
This is first time that after enactment of an ACT( here,CAA) , Govt is on d job with d assistance of Rulling Party & it’s Constituents ( most r opposing like AASU) 2Teach d Citizens about d Act & even Dharma Gurus r giving Notes on it.
Mind it Rajiv Gandhi as a Prime Minister respected Students Leaders from Assam ( here.AASU) and invited them Delhi 4Discussions arranging Special Flight & solved d issues related with Citizenships….
Let’s Try our best 2Solve d issues amicably….no Violence but Peace only d way through dialogues 2Save India, our BHARAT MATAA.Jai Hind.
This time i am with my country voice….
Though time …I am don’t support CAA & NRC…
Today I see my country back 15 years as Growth….
Pls our Central gov. Employee come with us & Avoid to CAB…
Very well written. Thank you. Assuming that the Supreme court does not strike down CAA and the government proceeds with NPR-NRC, what suggestions do you have for ordinary citizens?
Those who are happy with it stay in India and rejoice as India begins nation building exercises which should have been done in 1951 and celebrate the rich culture knowing all of us want the best for India and will live and die for it wherever in the world we live.
Those who are unhappy can apply for the citizenship of the countries they think will support their idea of secularism in which minorities could be rampant and vandals but majority should always uphold the secular views over nationalistic views.
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You have very well done your duty. This is the need of the hour. It is pertinent that you have addressed the citizens of India not it’s rulers. This is the right approach in a democracy. Had this been translated into regional languages it would have reached the entire population of the country. Hope the rulers who are also citizens will heed this sane message.
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A succinct and excellent letter that clearly explains the dangers inherent in the two exercises (NRC and NPR) coupled with the CAA.
With the obduracy of the current dispensation, despite online polls showing a vast majority against the CAA and NRC-NPR, it seems that protests will have to continue while we await the SC opinion on PILs filed against these initiatives.
Thank you for your letter addressed to us. I will do my best to spread it round.
Yeah please spread the hate, fear around and start your 2020 by fulfilling the duty of spreading your master – Chaos’s Dharma
You servants of India are misleading citizens of India, those who work or stay in other countries can understand the need of these, you don’t understand what is happening in Kerala due to illegal migrants who comes for job spread violence, tidy environment, robbery, killings. You learned people are misleading the Indian citizens
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Sir, I wanted to find out if you are a government appointed group. If not, are you authorised to use the official three lion symbol on your mast-head?
Anti National act
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