Mohan Bhagwat, the head of BJP’s ideological mentor RSS, has said the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not harm the country’s Muslims. Visiting Assam, Mr Bhagwat claimed that a common narrative is being created around these issues to get political milestones.
“Since 1930, there have been organized plans to increase the Muslim population, not in connection with terrorism and economics, but to become a dominant force. It happened in Punjab, in Bengal and in Assam. There are plans to make these areas their majority, so things work on their own terms. This happened in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Yet we want assimilation and we want to live together,” Mr Bhagwat said on Wednesday, after the launch of a book titled “Citizenship Debate on NRC and CAA: Assam and the Politics from History’.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, which should make it easier for non-Muslim minorities from neighboring countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan to obtain Indian citizenship, had sparked widespread protests in the northeast in 2019.
Lakhs of people were left out of the list of citizens of Assam when the final version of the NRC was published in 2019.
The RSS chief added that the new citizenship law would provide protection for persecuted minorities in neighboring countries, especially in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
“After the partition, we have taken care of our minorities even though Pakistan has not done it… and NRC is just a process to find out who is a real citizen, nothing else. The case (NRC) is in the domain of the government Some of the people want to make political miles by creating a common narrative involving both the NRC and the CAA,” he added.
He also claimed that Assam has had a history of migration since the ‘Mahabharata’ period, but never so much fear of ‘illegal influx’.
“Assimilation of all communities should take place, but there should be no fear of other communities. Akhand Bharat is needed for the good of the universe. India has the ability to overcome various challenges and the world is looking forward to overcoming those challenges and With the ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ belief (the world is one family) India can once again bring happiness and peace to the world,” he said.
This is Mr Bhagwat’s first visit to Assam after the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government returned for a second consecutive term in May.