Indian Muslims needn't fear: PM

Tuesday, 24 Dec, 2019

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Violent protests against India's citizenship law swept the country over the weekend and Narendra Modi government attempted to drag Pakistan into the conflict through ceasefire violations (CFVs) in Dewa sector and other areas along the Line of Control in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

He also denied there were any detention centres in India, unmindful of the construction of several such centres in Assam and the directives from the Centre to many states to open such facilities.

A National Register of Citizens (NRC) - published in the north-eastern state of Assam - saw 1.9 million people effectively made stateless. "Narendra Modi, you are not fighting the Congress".

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"I don't think he is stepping back".

He said it means in the eyes of Prime Minister Modi, Bengali Hindus in Assam were refugees whereas Bengali Muslims were intruders. Stand in solidarity with the fearless civil disobedience movement in India and condemn the horrific police brutality against protesters. Suddenly, Prime Minister Modi had taken a u-turn and said yesterday in a speech that his government was not considering a nation-wide NRC, said Mr Owaisi.

Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who has been articulating the position of the government and the party on the two issues, has said the ruling dispensation will consult stakeholders before starting the NRC drive.

The only one with a clear, forthrightly stated position on the matter has been Shah.

In most places, the demonstrations have been joined by people of all faiths, but Uttar Pradesh is a tinder-box for communal tensions between Hindus and Muslims, and authorities there have shut internet and mobile messaging services to prevent the circulation of inflammatory material. So, Modi was clearly economising with the truth when he sought to project the NRC as an illusory subject.

At least 25 people have died in 10 days of demonstrations and violence after Modi's government passed the law criticised as anti-Muslim. "I wish to tell 130 crore Indians that after my government came to power in 2014 and until today, not a word has been uttered on NRC within the government".

He also blamed the opposition for the protests, accusing them of "spreading lies and rumours" and "instigating violence" and "creating an atmosphere of illusion and falsehood". "It has not come to Parliament, nor to the cabinet, nor have any rules or regulations been drawn up". "Rest assured, NRC will be brought soon", Shah had said.

College students in the United States have written an open letter to the US Congress demanding targeted sanctions on Indian government officials until the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens are repealed and invited American universities and student groups to mark #HoliAgainstHindutva in March 2020.

"We will ensure implementation of NRC in the entire country". "We will implement NRC to flush out the infiltrators from our country", he had said.

The tweet was found deleted on Sunday.

India's governing party has launched a video with animated Muslim characters on social media as part of a publicity blitz to try to bust "myths" around a new citizenship law that has sparked deadly protests. Modi raised slogan of "vividhta me ekta, Bharat ki visheshta" (Unity in diversity is India's speciality).