Vandals, arsonists are having a field day in the garb of anti-CAA protests. But a Hindu coterie at Raj Ghat held a thanksgiving session to Union home minister Amit Shah for granting them citizenship
Bengaluru: While lumpen elements in the garb of students have gone berserk in the entire country, protesting the alleged divisiveness of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), now a law, there are other peaceful protesters, who define the meaning of peace in the best possible way.
Maybe we should desist ourselves from calling them protesters. We could call them grateful people.
A few Hindu refugees from Pakistan, who have faced the worst of insults, affronts, abuse, subjugation, persecution and humiliation in Pakistan, held a thanksgiving campaign at the Raj Ghat, showing their gratitude to Union home minister Amit Shah for enacting the Citizenship Amendment Act.
No buses were torched, no stones were pelted, no railway lines were vandalised. Moreover, there was no sloganeering, no name-calling, no intention to wilfully hurt, harass and humiliate anyone.
That is what palpably sets aside these people from thugs and vandals.
By the way, as the protests against the CAA gather more momentum across the country, it is again pertinent to note that the law is not in contravention to the article of the Indian constitution.
The arguments being made antithetically to the CAA are based on articles 14, 15 and 21. While article 14 bases itself on equality before law, it does issue a rider. It says that there should be a reasonable differentiation (intelligible differentia) in order to create a meaningful distinction and meet an intended objective.
For example, if you Delhi CM’s own move to grant free travel to women, it does not violate article 14 as it intends to empower women and encourage them to take public transport, thereby asserting that they will be taken care of.
Secondly, as regards articles 15 and 21, they apply to only citizens of India and not to those who wish to be citizens of India.
On all the three counts, the government of India will have the last laught. Hope pseudo-liberals understand it.
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Last Updated Dec 19, 2019, 5:26 PM IST