Appeal to all compatriots, to the workers and oppressed classes/sections including dalits, adivasis, backwards, minorities and women, to all struggling left, democratic and Bahujan forces, to mass organizations and people’s movements
We are living in an extremely difficult situation when every field, every question is communalized by the Brahmanical Hindutva forces under Modi raj. It is creating atmosphere of hatred and intolerance, and unleashes fascist terror to impose its dictates. This is what is happening to National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam also, excluding 19, 06,657 residents from final list. These include almost half of it from Muslim minorities, large numbers of Nepalese, Adivasis from Jharkhand, Bihar etc taken by Britishers for plantations in Assam. Inhuman situation is created throwing these people to uncertainty, with the threat of becoming stateless and thrown to Detention Camps, without any human rights.
Besides, the BJP is calling for NRCs in W. Bengal, Delhi, Bihar etc excluding Muslim minorities dubbing them as infiltrators from Bangladesh, contrary to facts. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, moved by BJP is against secular values of the Constitution and to communally discriminate Muslims. Modi-2 is trying to get this bill passed somehow, and to conduct an all India survey next year for a National People’s Register (NPR), demanding all residents of India to prove their citizenship! These are fascist move towards its Hindurashtra goal, to cover up the intensifying economic recession which is further impoverishing the masses and making many more millions jobless,!
In this grave situation, it is our task to mobilize people and create public opinion with the demands: Cancel the NRC, Assam, Withdraw Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Withdraw Home ministry order for all India survey for NPR (Peoples’ National Register). All residents of India are its citizens and citizenship should be based on following criteria: (a) Any resident of India, any person born in India is citizen of India. This was the case till the 1986 Act and is the case in most of the countries all over the world; (b) Any person either of whose parents are/ were citizens of India must be eligible for citizenship; (c )Any person who is resident in India for 5 years and intends to stay further should be eligible for citizenship; and (d) Any refugee who is fleeing from oppression, or whose democratic rights are not protected in the country from which he/she is fleeing, should be eligible for right to stay in India leading eventually to citizenship.
We appeal to all of you, representatives of the organizations to participate in a Convention at GPF from 6 to 9 pm on 13th September to declare our resolve to carry forward this movement and to decide about our future campaign plans.
CPI(ML) Red Star, New Democratic Party of India, Lok Samiti, Citizens for Democracy, Bahujan Communist Party, Sarvahara Lokpaksh, Inquilabi Mazdoor Kendra, Milli Council, All India Nepali Unity Society-Mul Pravah, Lok Paksh, CPI(ML) New Proletariat, Democratic People’s Lawyers’ Association, All India Peace Mission, Social Democratic Party of India, All India Christian Minority Front.
Advocate Arun maji (9582529401)
Today is a black day for the millions of people whose names are absent in the final list of the NRC for Assam published; it is going to be a black day for the idea of India we cherish. Citizenship in this NCR is finalized including only the names of those persons (or their descendants) in the NRC, 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24 March 1971, or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to mid-night of 24 March 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam or in any part of India on or before 24 March 1971. They will get 120 days more for presenting their appeal to the Foreigners Tribunals for reconsideration. If they fail even then, they will be sent to Detention Camps. , This NRC is finalized without considering refugees’ question according to present context by the BJP governments at centre and state, egged on by the Supreme Court. If implemented, it will create another great human tragedy in our country.
So, we demand postponement of the implementation of this final list till the Foreigners Tribunals get sufficient time to give citizenship to all those whose names are not in today’s final list based on the following conditions for finalization of the NCR in Assam as well as at all India level: (a ) Any person born in India must be eligible for the citizenship of India. This was the case till the 1986 act and is the case in most of the countries all over the world. (b) Any person either of whose parents who were citizens of India must be eligible for citizenship. (c )Any person who is resident in India for 5 years and who intends to stay for a further five years should be eligible for citizenship. This is the period which is considered for citizenship by registration. (d) Any refugee who is fleeing from oppression, or whose democratic rights are not being protected in the country from which they are fleeing, should be eligible for some form of right to stay in India leading eventually to citizenship.
We appeal to all democratic forces to support this proposal and save the country from another human tragedy! Let us act fast!
CPI(ML) Red Star