Good Politics or Bad Politics:
So finally the rioting has stopped. Yesterday was Friday yet no stone pelting and no burning of vehicles took place. In Bulandshahar Muslim clergy come forward and paid for the damage caused to public property. At other at other places the process of recovery of damages is on. A large number of rioters are in prison.
Last 10 days were days of turmoil in BJP ruled states in the Central India. Last 10 days have seen many political moves both on the left and right of the spectrum. Who was playing good politics and who was playing bad politics?
An interesting development is that people who have not even read the bill are criticizing it. Here is a talk by Subramanian Swamy explaining the terms and background of the bill:
What is the Amendment?
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019, seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The bill was passed in the Lower House yesterday by 411 votes in favour. there were 80 votes opposing the bill.
The Bill seeks to amend the procedure for grant of citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation. They will be granted fast-track Indian citizenship in six years, relaxing present requirement of 12 years of residence as eligibility requirement for naturalisation.
Why the amendment is required?
Bill seeks to regularise about half a million of asylum seekers who are living in India for decades. It does nothing for those who are still accross the border.
It does not legalize illegal migrants who sneaked into India through porus borders from Bangladesh and Pakistan. It also exclude Rohingyas of Myanmar.
The reason for this provision is in history.
The forgotten speech of Jinnah:
Please read the following extract of Jinnah’s speech delivered on 11 August 1947:
Triple Talaq has finally been prohibited under a punishment of 3 years of imprisonment. The parliament had enacted and President of India has enacted Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019.
Politician is a creature least troubled by truth and morality. If a certain vote bank believed that sky is red, a willing politician can try to convince the whole world that sky is red and those who see it as blue have some defect in eye.
Similar action is contemplated by some politicians in respect of triple Talaq.
2019 can be said to be bridging the gaps in human dignity for the third gender in India. Two events may be noted, which, as usual the MSM missed out.
First is award of Padma Shri to Narthaki Natrajan, a Bharatnatyam dancer. Her resume:
Here is a video of her:
Kumbh in Prayagraj: