Modi-2 Plans NRC in Assam, Then All India NPR, Followed by Hundreds of Big Detention Camps for Millions of Migrants! Should We Not React?
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20 August 2019

CPI (ML) Red Star

Press Statement:

Modi-2 Plans NRC in Assam, Then All India NPR, Followed by Hundreds of Big Detention Camps for Millions of Migrants! Should We Not React?

According to reports, more than four million people, mostly Muslims, are at risk of being declared foreign migrants in the NCR for Assam to be released on 31st August, The hunt for migrants is unfolding in Assam for hauling them to detention camps. Many of the people whose citizenship is now being questioned were born in India and have enjoyed all the rights of citizens, such as voting in elections.

 Meanwhile the MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS (OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CITIZEN REGISTRATION, INDIA) has issued the NOTIFICATION of 31st July, 2019, S.O. 2753(E), in THE GAZETTE OF INDIA : EXTRAORDINARY  [PART II—SEC. 3(ii) which states;—In pursuance of sub-rule(4) of rule 3 of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, the Central Government hereby decides to prepare and update the Population Register and the field work for house to house enumeration throughout the country except Assam for collection of information relating to all persons who are usually residing within the jurisdiction of Local Registrar shall be undertaken between the 1st day of April, 2020 to 30th September, 2020

The two-page NRC Notification pertains to the National Population Register in accordance with the 1955 Citizenship Law and 2003 Citizenship Regulation. Based on this, two-stage National Population Register was prepared in 2010 and 2015. This NPR process taken up now is just a prelude to the Assam model National Citizenship Register (NCR) aimed at driving out all migrants as Amit Shaw announced in parliament and later repeated in president’s speech on the eve of 15th August. Home minister Amit Shah thundered in parliament that his government would extend the National Register of Citizens to the whole country and deport ‘infiltrators’ from every inch of land. It would be a grave mistake to regard this as an empty threat. Not with the Modi-Shah leadership today. On his first day in office, Shah signed an order enabling all state governments and even district magistrates to establish Foreigners’ Tribunals in all parts of India. He also has asked all states to establish detention centres for identified foreigners.

State authorities are rapidly expanding foreigner tribunals and planning to build huge new detention camps. Hundreds of people have been arrested on suspicion of being a foreign migrant — including a Muslim veteran of the Indian Army. The pain of being left off a preliminary list of citizens and the prospect of being thrown into jail have driven dozens to suicide in Assam. If this was the case when the NCR was under preparation in Assam, what will happen when the final list is published on 31st August and the 4 million stateless people are hauled to detention camps is going to be terrific.

Modi-2 is not going to step back. Instead, intoxicated with the big victory it got in the elections and by the meek surrender of large number of leaders from the opposition parties who are flocking to BJP, it is vowing to bring this campaign to force people to prove they are citizens, as part of a far-reaching majoritarian Hindutva program buttressed by its muscular nationalist offensive. Immediately after abrogation of Article 370 and down grading J&K into two union territories after clamping down curfew and militarizing the Kashmir valley, the announcement of NRC in Assam on 31st August to be followed by the preparation of the NPR at all India level are steps intended to terrorize and maim the people and all opposition forces. These steps have created confusion among the minorities and all oppressed sections of people.

This fascist move, if not resisted immediately shall eventually lead to a situation like what happened in Germany where the Nazis hauled hundreds of thousands of Jews into concentration camps leading to the Holocaust! Horrible chapters in history which we thought will never return may be repeated in our soil with more tragic consequences. It is the time to become very concerned and take immediate steps to create public opinion against this move to create concentration camps where tens of millions may be hauled by the RSS parivar after declaring them stateless; it has already proved that it is capable of even surpassing the Nazis through its criminal acts like pogrom in Gujarat and mob lynchings at many places.

This critical situation calls for a countrywide broad based move  by all democratic forces against this dangerous move of Modi-2.  The Central Committee calls on all  party committees, all leading comrades to start discussions with democratic forces on this important question of opposing the NRC in Assam and NPR at all India level which is leading to declaration of millions of people stateless migrants in Assam and tens of millions all over India and hauling them to detention camps which may soon become concentration camps! Let us move fast, unite all democrats and create public opinion to resist this fascist move by Modi-2 and the RSS parivar.

KN Ramachandran,

General Secretary

CPI(ML) Red Star.

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