Naga People’s Front (NPF) president Shurhozelie Liezietsu said that the people of the Northeast in general and the Nagas in particular must understand the “true colour” of the amended Citizenship Act (CA).
According to him, those who supported and passed the bill in both the Houses of Parliament recently may like to put forth so many convincing points, like incorporation of ILP (BEFR 1873) in the Act, exemption of Nagaland state, introduction of ILP in Manipur State etc. “They may sound good but all these are cover up of the real motive behind this Act,” stated the NPF chief in a release.
It said the effect of CA may not be instant but in course of time “it may uproot your very existence unless you take a strong stand today and go against it”. He added, “Therefore, it will be of no use to argue over merits and demerits of the Act at this juncture. The more important thing is how to check the danger which is looming over the horizon of the future”. He called it ‘population politics’ which the CA will bring about.
“We are fully aware that this Act was brought in purely on religious line, a single track minded action to promote the interest of one particular religion, based on the theory of ‘one nation, one religion”, it added.
The NPF president stated that India is known as the largest democracy in the world. “The greatness of India lies in ‘Unity in Diversity’” he added. According to him, to destroy this unity in diversity is to destroy the greatness of India.
“It is very unfortunate that those people that are in power in Delhi today are destroying this very foundation of democracy and the greatness of India,” the NPF leader rued, adding, “We have seen that the Indians who stand for democracy and secularism are very much agitated today”.
In the same measure, the Naga people are ashamed of what was done by some of the leaders in supporting this process of destroying democracy of the country, Shurhozelie added.
According to the NPF president, CA also indulges in ‘politics of divide’. “I want to challenge the Nagas who supported this Act to come out and declare their stand openly. For NPF, we do not want to act from behind the screen and, therefore, we take this stand that for the sake of our future generations, we will go against this CAA however small we may be”, he asserted.
Shurhozelie then stated, “We do not want our children to become strangers in their own state”. He added by saying, “We want them to continue to be masters of their own God’s given land”.
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