On Sunday January the fifth, the East Indian Defence Committee (EIDC) in Surrey held a community meeting on the recent Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed by the fascist Indian state.
The CAA is a recent law which creates a path to citizenship for refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan who arrived in India before 2015 unless they are Muslim. The CAA represents only the most recent attempt by the BJP-RSS government to transform India into a Hindu Nation by repressing its significant Muslim minority population.
The event featured a number of Indian activists who spoke to the crowd of nearly thirty people in Punjabi and English detailing the BJP’s fascist ideology and the contents of the CAA with others calling for more visible resistance such as public rallies and protests.
During the event, supporters of the EIDC passed out their official statement to all of those in attendance which we republish here as it was sent to the Partisan:
“Revoke the Citizenship Amendment Act
“The Indian Parliament consisting of both houses, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, passed the Citizenship Amendment Act in the second week of December 2019. Then the President of India stamped his approval and it became the law of the land. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA ) amended the Citizenship Act of 1955 by providing a path to Indian citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian religious minorities fleeing persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It offers amnesty to the non-Muslim illegal immigrants from these neighbouring countries. It is part of a BJP agenda to marginalise Muslims. This Act violates Article 14 of the Indian Constitution which states, “ The State shall not deny any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India.” According to UNO this Act is also in violation of India’s obligations to conventions and treaties it had signed at the Global level.
“CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC ) by excluding Muslims attack not only them but also Dalits, Tribals and poor people of the country. Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Shah are the main architects to make Muslims the target of these attacks. Amit Shah is on record saying that NRC will be implemented countrywide and we will remove every infiltrator except the above named six communities. Indian government is going to war against its own people. BJP and RSS and their Hindutava philosophy aim to make India an exclusive Hindu nation and for them Hindu nationalism is the only nationalism in India.
“But people of India are not taking it lying down. They have risen up and are protesting against these laws. Thousands of students, women, workers and ordinary people are marching in protests throughout the country. There are two hundred million Muslim citizens of India. This Act sends a clear message that they see themselves as second class citizens. Indian government is using all its resources to suppress this uprising. Students in various universities have been ruthlessly attacked by the police. There is video evidence of police damaging the public property.
“Another objective of this Act is to distract the Indian people from the main issues facing the nation. BJP government has deepened the economic crisis. Unemployment and poverty are on the rise. Factories are being closed. Thousands of workers are being laid off. One third of Indian population can afford only one meal a day. The Modi government has no solution to these problems. Instead it is blaming the refugees and immigrants. By removing Article 370 it not only bifurcated the Kashmir state but turned it into a union territory. Such onslaughts are the harbinger of more oppression of the Indian people. We call upon our community to oppose such agenda of BJP by uniting together. East Indian Defence Committee is holding a public meeting and invites our entire community to attend. The meeting will be held at Progressive Cultural Centre #126- 7536 130 Street, Surrey BC on January 5, 2020 at 2PM.
– East Indian Defence Committee”