Organized bids made since 1930 to increase the Muslim population in India, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says:
The Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would not harm Indian Muslims, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat said at a book launch in Guwahati on Wednesday.
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A common story has been twisted by some of the people trying to make political milestones out of these issues, he said.
The CAA was adopted in 2019 to speed up the citizenship process for non-Muslims from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who sought refuge in India until December 31, 2014. The 1951 NRC was updated in Assam to leave out 19.06 lakh people about 3.3 crore applicants.
Mr Bhagwat said, “No Indian Muslim will suffer any loss as a result of the new citizenship law. India follows the  Nehru-Liaquat Pact stating that every country would protect its minorities while Pakistan did not”.
India welcomes outsiders
Indians had always welcomed outsiders, but the “plans of some to impose their language, religion and eating habits on others” sparked fear, he noted.
“Since 1930, there have been organized efforts to increase the Muslim population, not in connection with terrorism and economics, but to make the community a dominant force. This happened in the Punjab, Bengal and Assam,” he claimed.
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The plan worked to some extent with the partition and creation of Pakistan. Although part of Bengal and Punjab was divided, Assam was saved, he said.
Religious persecution, he noted, forced people in Pakistan to seek refuge in India, while others came with the intention of increasing their population. “The CAA is clearly targeting those who [specified] countries for persecution. We cannot ignore the plight of the minorities in Bangladesh and Pakistan,” he insisted.
“The world out there cannot teach us secularism, socialism and democracy. Respect for other religions, cultures and languages is part of Indian culture. Our constitution clearly defines the rights and duties, but the problem arises when some people want all the rights and don’t want to fulfill the duties,” he stressed.
‘NRC a tool’
Mr Bhagwat championed NRC as a tool to find out who among those living in India were citizens. “Exercises like the NRC take place in many countries,” he claimed.
Assam’s chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, said the anti-CAA protests in the state were against the inclusion of all communities, as opposed to the “very communal” opposition elsewhere in the country, as Muslims are not on the list. persecuted communities.
“But we have a duty to the persecuted people. That is why I will always remain a supporter of the CAA. At the same time, we will take measures to protect our Assamese identity and culture,” he said.