SDPI president criticised the government for officially notifying the controversial citizenship law showing disregard for the people’s sentiments.
Abdul Bari Masoud | Caravan Daily
NEW DELHI — With an aim to create awareness about the dangers of the NPR and NRC, the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) on Saturday launched a nationwide door-to-door campaign ‘Kagaz Nahi Dikhayenge’. By notifying the newly amended Citizenship Act, the Modi government has “disdainfully ignored the ongoing protests against the CAA, NPR and NRC across the country,” it said.
At the launch of the campaign, SDPI president MK Faizy criticised the government for officially notifying the controversial citizenship law. He said the whole country has been opposing this discriminatory law after it was passed by Parliament last month, but the government was showing no regard for the people’s sentiments. “It should have waited for the Supreme Court word in the matter as more than 60 petitions challenging the new law are pending before the court,” he said.
Faizy alleged that the Modi government and the ruling BJP were trying to create confusion about the CAA and NRC among the public through contradictory statements. It was in order to educate the masses about the pitfalls of the NPR exercise that the SDPI launched the door-to-door campaign, he said.
Besides the “Kagaz Nahi Dikhayenge’ protest, the SDPI will organise 5,000 public programmes including conferences and seminars to educate the people about the real dangers from the CAA, NRC & NPR, he said.
Faizy underlined the glaring contradiction between the official position of the government and views expressed by ministers including home minister Amit Shah on NRC.
SDPI vice president Advo Sharffuddin Ahmad said the whole purpose of the NPR – NRC exercise was to disfranchise millions of the poor, illiterate and disadvantaged sections of the people. “However, it is heartening to see that Indians, irrespective of caste, creed, religion and region, have been firmly resolved to oppose these discriminatory laws. They (RSS-BJP) want to test the waters by implementing this move, so as to confidently move on to harsher legislations,” he said.
“It is unfortunate,” said Dr Tasleem Rehmani, SDPI national secretary, that the government did not show any democratic trait in it. “The whole nation is in the streets against this law. Instead of talking to protesters, they are spreading falsehood to confuse the people,” he alleged.
The SDPI launched the “Kagaz nahi dikhayenge” campaign from Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin in the national capital.
Party leaders and workers in a procession went from door to door to educate the people about the dangers involved in showing citizenship papers to the government staff who would sooner or later visit homes to ascertain the citizenship rights of each individual. The campaigners told the people, “If NPR data collectors knocked on your doors, simply give them information, but do not show or share any document related to your citizenship.”
WHAT HOUSEWIVES SAID
In this context, Caravan Daily talked to several housewives, who said they were well aware of the happenings in the country on the CAA issue. Zaibunnisa said India “is a secular country” and how could a government adopt such a law which discriminated between people on the basis of religion? She said her family would not show any documents to visiting officials.
Echoing similar sentiments, another housewife Huma Shahid said, “We won’t have any worry over our citizenship right, as our forefathers were born here and they died here. We will create awareness in our locality regarding this campaign.”