Star-Crossed To Witness This Fate Of The Indian Secularism: NRC In Assam

Anushri Uttarwar

At the dawn of Independence, India chose a sui generis model of secularism over the Hindu nationalistic brand to protect and cope with the country’s multiculturalism. The preamble of the Indian constitution lays down the aspirational vision for the country and the philosophy of the makers of the document. We are, undoubtedly, a “sovereign socialist secular democratic republic” nation. But, are we though? 

In this context, let’s take a look at one of the most pressing issues in our country today – The National Register of Citizens in Assam. The final list of this register was published in mid-September, and around 19 lakh people were left out from the list. These 19 lakh individuals, who are at the risk of being pronounced ‘stateless’ have about 120 days to prove their citizenship. 

NRC and Communalism – The Argument

The implementation of the NRC has been condemned for its human rights violations, disregard of the separation of powers principle, lack of clarity regarding the action to be taken by the State on those who become stateless, etc. A very subtle issue that underlies this procedure is the age-old communal issue of Hindus v. Muslims. I will argue that the current Government is using the NRC as a project of ethnic cleansing to further its Hindu nationalistic goals, i.e. the same ideals which were rejected at the time of our country’s independence.

There is strong evidence to suggest that Muslims, especially the Bengali Muslims, who arrived in Assam during partition and after that, have always been other-ed by the native Assamese population. In 1983, around 1,800 Muslims (unofficial figures are as high as 3,000) were brutally murdered by an armed mob that surrounded several Muslim-dominated villages. Several such anti-Muslim attacks have taken place since then, the latest one being in 2014. There is a certain normalization of this kind of violence in Assam, where the perpetrators are neither held responsible nor punished. These massacres occur whilst tagging the victim Muslims are “illegal Bangladeshi immigrants”. This sentiment of equating only Muslims with illegal immigration, by conveniently leaving out the Hindus, has been shared by the current government along with the Assamese population. In 2005, a clash between Assamese Bodos and Bengali Muslims was termed as a clash between Indians and “illegal immigrants” by one of the co-founders and the senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, L.K. Advani. 

The BJP party had been eager about the outcome of the NRC updating process as it was hoping to see a majority of Muslims on that list. However, as soon as the final list was published, it was found that the majority of the 19 lakh individuals who were left out of the list were Hindus. This obviously caused anxiety among the ruling party members. They began assuring the individuals left out that they would not have to worry, as they would be given reasonable time and opportunity to present their cases. The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah and several Sangh Parivar leaders have been assuring all Hindus that would not have to worry about the consequences of being left out from the NRC at all. In another attempt to further the government’s Hindu nationalistic intentions, Shah, in a political rally in Kolkata was found saying the following – “I want to assure all Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist and Christian refugees that you will not be forced to leave India by the Centre. Don’t believe rumours. Before NRC, we will bring the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will ensure these people get Indian citizenship.” Now, the mentioned Citizenship Amendment Bill is the Bill that seeks to grant Indian citizenship to all the non-Muslim immigrants, i.e. Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. The Bill seeks to protect these communities as they are known to be facing “religious persecution” in these Muslim-majority countries. However, the Bill conveniently has no provision for Muslim sects such as Hazara and Ahmediya, whose members face persecution in Pakistan. It also has no provision for protecting Tamil Muslims and Hindus facing religious persecution in Sri Lanka and for Rohingya Muslims facing the same in Myanmar. This arbitrary selective anti-Muslim bill reveals the BJP’s sinister intention of destroying the weakening secularist principles of the country. 

Protecting Secularism in India

The Supreme Court does not have a very good record with protecting the secularism of our country, but it did a commendable job with S.R. Bommai v. Union of India. In this case, the court validated the proclamations of the President dissolving the state legislative assemblies in three states on account of their unsecular actions. These state governments were guilty of offering overt as well as covert support to the kar sevaks who had demolished the “Ram Janambhoomi- Babri Masjid structure”. Identifying the acts as “unsecular”, the court held secularism to be a part of the basic structure of the Indian Constitution and any state government guilty of unsecular policies would be at the risk of being dissolved by the President’s proclamation. The court defined secularism to be “more than a passive attitude of religious tolerance”. It held it to mean a “positive concept of equal treatment of all religions”. If this is the fate of a state government behaving in an unsecular manner, should not the central government be made accountable in case of such breach? 

But, today, in the case of NRC, there is little hope that the Supreme Court would come to the rescue of India’s secularism when it is needed. In the Sarbananda Sonowal case, the Supreme Court’s unflinchingly Islamophobia became evident when it held that Assam was at the risk of becoming a Muslim majority state and that it was only a matter of time before the state would want to be merged with Bangladesh. The court also remarked that there is a huge threat of Islamic fundamentalism and equated illegal immigration in Assam to external aggression. Another reason for the deteriorated hope in the Supreme Court is that the court is busy acting “more Executive-minded than the Executive itself” instead of undertaking its more important roles, viz. monitoring the actions of the other two organs of the State and protecting the country’s Constitutional principles. 

Conclusion

All of this clearly directs us to pay attention to the ever-weakening India’s unique brand of secularism. Around 10 ago, Rajeeev Bhargava had proudly argued that “the Indian version of secularism is a modern alternative to its mainstream Western counterpart, one from which everyone may benefit in the future”. One can only call this deterioration process an unfortunate moment for all of us to witness. 

Anushri Uttarwar is a 3rd year B.B.A. L.L.B student at O.P. Jindal Global University.

One comment

  1. Subject – The CAB/NRC in North East India​/Arunachal and the Partition of India – Courtesy Chaiwala​

    Dear Sir,

    Context

    This is w.r.t the CAB/NRC in North East India​ and Arunachal

    https://arunachaltimes.in/index.php/2019/12/16/students-to-continue-protests-against-ca/

    As usual, this is the brainchild of Fat Pansy Humpty Dumpty – Amit Shah and Chaiwala Modi – son of a dishwasher.They both have 1 thing in common,id.est.,they are Gujaratis

    How many of these Bania vermin, have died for the Dubious Hindoo rashtra,in the wars fought by Dindoosthan.Even Shivaji used to kidnap and rape and plunder these Gujaratis (and the Shiv Sena,collects hafta from them – to date)

    The Word “Bastard” – for the Gujaratis

    Gujaratis are called Bastards,in the Mahabharata,as under:

    The Mahabharata,Book 8:Karna Parva,Section 45

    The Pancalas observe the duties enjoined in the Vedas; the Kauravas observe truth; the Matsyas and the Surasenas perform sacrifices, the Easterners follow the practices of the Shudras; the Southerners are fallen; the Vahikas are thieves; the Saurashtras are bastards.

    What does the Hindoo shastra think of Easterners ?

    The Hindoo scriptures think of “Easterners”, as devil worshippers and the lowest of the low, and as “Easterners follow the practices of the Shudras”- as stated above.

    Who are these Gujaratis ?

    These are the race born of the rapes by the Sakas,Scythians,Turks, Turkics,Greeks, Persians etc.,who discarded the raped woman and the child.The woman and the child were discarded by the Hindoos and interbred with carnal incest,over 2000 years,to mutate into the breed, that you see today.The Mahabharata calls them, a breed of “miscegnation” – id.est., born of unnatural copulation inter se with all forms of sentients.

    A race of liars,cheaters and impotenticas,who swap their wives and daughters,by advertisements in the media – and who have bankrupted the entire Indian Banking system.

    https://gujarat.locanto.net/tag/couple-swapping/༯a>
    http://gujarat.lookingmale.com/WIFE-SHARING/Couple-Swapping-in-gujarat.html༯a>

    Anovirun Organum – The Ashoka Complex

    Ashoka’s mother was a harlot and he was a deformed ugly man.Ashoka’s father was born when Chanakya cut open the womb of his mother,as she was fed arsenic by Chanakya.Ashoka’s grandfather was fed arsenic for years, by Chanakaya, to make him immune to poison – and 1 day, his wife drank the arsenic. So the dementia of the arsenic ran in the blood and DNA of Ashoka – and he became a savage dement – and the rest is history.Like his grandfather,this fool also became a mendicant,and died a loon

    Modi is of the same harlot pedigree with an unknown father and a harlot of a mother,plagued by the history of the rapes of his ancestors – which was their true worth.These sons of harlots are plagued by the rapes of their ancestors and know that they are not “Indians”.There are many such instances in history. Madhavacharya called Adi Shankara, a son of a harlot, as his father was unknown – and so Ade Shankara,compiled his compendium on Hindooism,to discard women and dalits,in status beneath dogs and pigs.Amit Shah is not worthy of a mention as the “Shah” breed is a pedigree of pure miscegnation

    Overtime,these Gujaratis,Palanpur Jains etc.,have convinced themselves that they are of the Lost Tribes of Israel (with the look of wonder woman – Gal Gadot)

    Hence,they dilute and hide their hate and shame – by creating unworthy enemies and then destroying them,for their insane satisfaction and the joy of the 2-300 million of their brigands,who are of the same intellectual pedigree,as the Gujaratis

    The “Indian” Muslim

    The “Indian” Muslim,who states that Rama was an Imam,Shiva was son of Adam,That Adam was sent to India,That Rama temple should be built and who pray to Rama and Ganesh – deserve doom and death (Just like the Mongols who eradicated Baghdad and its idolatory -inspired from Hindoo evil)

    The Gita allows the discrimination of Dalits and lower castes – as a Oral law made by Krishna – and allows their killing (like when Rama killed Sambuka).What hope is there for the Indian Muslims ? What Article 14 and 15 ? These are meaningless and bogus ideals copies from the US/UK/EU Constitutions

    The Gita Justifies and rationalises Caste

    It is far better to perform one’s svadharma (prescribed duties), even though faultily, than another’s duties perfectly. Destruction in the course of performing one’s own duty is better than engaging in another’s duties, for to follow another’s path is dangerous.” – Bhagavad-Gita 3:35.

    According to the three modes of material nature (goodness, passion, ignorance) and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society (Brahmin/KsHatriya/Vaisya/Sudra) are created by Me .And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable.” — Bhagavad-Gita 4:13.

    The Solution

    The Solution is “only partition”,for the evolution of the Human Race.Easterners were never a part of Hindooism, and there was never a Bharat or Hindoosthan

    There was 1 Bharat, whose father Dushyant called his mother a prostitute, and his son a bastard – and Bharat, had 7 sons from 3 wives,and not 1 looked like Bharat (The Story of Modi,Amit Shah,Ade Shankara,Ashoka………)

    There was another Bania,Rama Gupta – who handed over his wife to the Sakas,to save his life and gold.This bania,later lost both and his wife.

    Sakas = Pakistanis.

    Babar and his divine army just read the history of Rama Gupta – and the rest was more of the same history

    Dindoosthan is ruled by Bania vermin and Kshatriya rats.The End is Nigh

    The Easterners do not deserve to die for these Bania/Brahmin vermin and Kshatriya trash.Arunachal is Han and the rest is of Southern Tibetean origin – and it was a Tibetan who tortured and killed Zorawar Singh.The 1st Ahom King – the greatest ever – was a Chinese .Tripura is named after the 3 sons of a DEMON , and the state is stated to have been destroyed by Shiva , and the Triipurans are expected to be proud Hindus and Indians

    The Chinese Yueh Chi Tribe conquered and defeated the Dindooo Hindoos 2000 years ago.This tribe was kicked out of PRC then by the ruling kings.The Arunachalese are pure Chinese DNA of the elite PRC tribes.What is common between them and the Indian Mongrels ?

    It is the end of India – a dubious aberration of a fart of farcical history.dindooohindoo

    Regards

    Samir Sardana​

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