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PM Modi, Please Address the Concerns, Issues, Insecurities People Have Regarding CAA-NRC-NPR

By Ambreen Zaidi

January 20, 2020

Muslims, Modi and my motherland, India. All three of them entwined in a way that it is very difficult to talk about one without citing the other. The growing unrest, the mistrust, the anguish all around makes you wonder if our democracy is about to die in the darkness that has engulfed us all.

Muslims are a worried lot. As soon as I air my concerns, I am bombarded with messages telling me that Muslim citizens living here for ages have nothing to worry about hence I should stop getting paranoid about CAA or NRC. As per them, Muslims are being fed with wrong information with malicious intent to use their frustration and anger to paralyze the govt. It is a cunning and vile game to use Muslims as cannon fodder against Modi government. Fine. Then what stops the government to address these issues directly with Muslims, I ask. They have no answer.

As Indian Muslims, we are held responsible for the acts of Mughals, the Arabs and not to forget Pakistan. We are daily labeled as Paki, Jihadi, anti-national. Wicked and vile videos from Muslim countries are thrown at our faces, asking us a justification. Numerous edited versions of the Quran are shared; asking us if we agree or do we follow the Holy book, will we also kill all the Kafirs, behead them, etc. What they are blind towards is the fact that IF and I repeat, IF Indian Muslims ever followed what is followed in Arab countries or even in Pakistan, things would have been crazily different?

Then why are we held responsible for their heinous acts? We are told to choose and move to any of the Muslim nations of our choice. But why should we? We didn’t move, even in 1947, when we had a chance, we chose to stay back in India because we identified with the pluralistic secular democracy and not a theocratic or dictatorship state. India is where we belong and we are NOT going anywhere. Period.

Modi Ji, our honorable Prime Minister. Every single citizen of the country looks up to this chair when faced with any societal stalemate. For this is what democracy is all about, where there is active participation of the people as citizens, in choosing their representatives and also in questioning them when there is a threat to fundamental human rights when laws are brought in where the basic existence of a sect or a group or a community is in danger. All we want is that you address the concerns, issues, insecurities people have regarding CAA-NRC-NPR. Nothing more, nothing less.

I have written to you earlier and I am requesting you again, that let’s work towards nation-building. If there is an issue which is making a certain community anxious, it’s time for you to step in. Forget what opposition does or says, forget what Pakistan is up to, please focus on your own people, who are out on the streets against this law. Why do we have to prove our existence on this soil when this all that we have known, when this is where we have been born and buried? As a Prime Minister of my country, I strongly believe that only you can solve this standoff and not the police brutalities. Am I wrong?

My Motherland, India. The love I have for you is so deep and so overwhelming that I fall short of words. And I hate to see you going into the hands of fanatics. To you, we all have our promises to keep and miles to go, you my country of Karma, my dharma, to you I belong and I will not let the pall of gloom and hate destroy your beautiful soul. I will work towards building this beautiful nation, nurturing its development and guaranteeing its prosperity. I will till the last drop of my blood, work for my country and for peace and prosperity to return. No one can come between you and me. And here I echo the thoughts of every single Muslim of India. I stand for each one of them.

In the end I would request, do not question our patriotism, ever. We have a right to be angry, outraged when our core existence is questioned, our intentions doubted, and our actions suspected. We are Indians and to India we belong.

Ambreen is a well-known journalist and blogger. She has won several awards for her work. She has also worked with UNICEF and NASSCOM Foundation. As an Army wife, Ambreen has been involved in the welfare of retired soldiers, war widows, orphans and disabled soldiers.

Ambreen, is the founder of an organisation called The Changemakers where she and her team identifies, mentors and guides the ex-servicemen, war widows and war orphans, till they are firmly placed and secure in the professions of their choice.

Original Headline: The M-word: Muslims, Modi and my Motherland

Source: The Times of India

URL:  http://www.newageislam.com/islam-and-politics/ambreen-zaidi/pm-modi,-please-address-the-concerns,-issues,-insecurities-people-have-regarding-caa-nrc-npr/d/120889


  • The thread is obnoxious to you because you are unable to answer how a law meant to help minorities in pab is decla red to be an existential threat to Indian Muslims. My own countrymen, hindu and muslim should behave like indians. The real object of all these protests is a second partition, like that Afreen and Shajeel and that doctor and all the sloganeering have made clear. Not to  speak of what they did in Kashmir and are on the way to do in Kerala, Assam and west bengal. They are making themselves very difficult to be seen as indians who love not just the soil, but also the majority community that lives there. What is horrifying is the stance of educated muslims who know CAA does not affect them but are using it as a convenient tool to cause disruption and unrest in the country. I assert that no muslim in india is anxious. He is in aggression mode and waiting to go on murderous spree a la 1947. Disgusting.
    By secularlogic - 1/31/2020 6:20:41 AM

  • Help the Pakistani Hindus but do not laugh at the intense anxieties of Indian Muslims. Enacting unconstitutional communally divisive laws was not at all necessary to help Pakistani Hindus. Your cynical and heartless attitude towards Indian Muslims, your own countrymen, is disgusting. You must be ashamed of yourself.
    My last comment in this obnoxious thread.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/30/2020 11:04:53 PM

  • " intense anxiety of muslim community"...such a laugh. I would think you would be concerned about the intense anxiety of the Hindu community in Pak, having their girls abducted and converted and married to muslims almost on daily basis.  the humanitarian that you claim to be. The Muslims of India are thriving and even have the gits to publicly announce plans to blockade parts of the country. Not one of them looks anxious to me. If anything it is the Hindus who are anxious. If there is another partition where should they run. Muslims have the unique ability to be the aggressor and act the victim in each situation. Shame on you. The CAA is only and only about the minorities in PAB who have fled existential threat to lives from your co religionists. Have you no compassion for them?
    By Secularlogic - 1/30/2020 8:09:43 AM

  • Yes, Pm modi ji she is absolutely right that we are Indians and we don't need to prove it and you do not question our patriotism moreover please you address the concerns, issues, insecurities people have regarding CAA-NRC-NPR. Nothing more, nothing less.
    By Kaniz Fatma - 1/30/2020 12:28:19 AM

  • It is futile to expect an RSS bhakt to see the anti-Muslim malevolence of the Modi/Amit Shah government or to appreciate the intense anxiety in the Muslim community. Pakistani and Bangladeshi Hindus could have been given the same help without enacting anti-constitutional and idiotic laws.
    BTW, the European Parliament has only delayed, not cancelled, their discussion of the motion criticizing India's CAA. In any case, the Sanghis have never cared much for India's international standing any way.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/29/2020 10:23:31 PM

  • Hats off seems uncharacteristically unaware that EU distanced itself from the EU parliaments stance...even i dont know what that means, but apparently not all are on board with that censure. France and Russia say it is internal matter. US is about to sign a multi billion investment deal with india. Dont worry this manufactured storm and PFI funded protest will not harm a hair on our country's head. We have weathered such storms before.
    By Ssecularlogic - 1/29/2020 10:36:07 AM

  • Really? Giving citizenship to 30000 minorities who have fled Islamic countries to escape the horrible prospects they face there is going to bring upon this calamity upon the indian muslims? How do you assume that legal citizens would not have at least one of the many documents that can establish their citizenship? And why will this problem be faced only by muslims? There are crores of poor non muslims too. They are not automatically going to be assumed as being from pakistan? In any case, the government would keep the difficulties of the poor in mind while formulating the way it is worked out. If illegal immigrants are identified in this process, is it not good for the country? This government is doing great things.  370 was an act of great courage. removal of triple talaq no other government could have given you.I am glad we voted for this government with such overwhelming numbers. You would support it too if you had any sense and would pull yourself out of your false victimhood....
    Hats off and GM on same side :D. Modi is a great unifier too...:D

    By secularlogic - 1/29/2020 10:29:50 AM

  • india and its image and its growth and its foreign investments and its status as destination for global tourists have all taken a severe beating.
    the members of the european parliament are not buying the nonsense peddled out by the current dispensation.
    the current polity has just proved a very old saying "you become what you hate most - not what you love most"
    the barely disguised smug hatred of the minorities (especially two of them) is what exactly happened during zia ul haq's tenure. eventually the ahmedi hatred of the mainstream pakistani muslim did not stop until the blood thirst was quenched with the lives of nearly 70,000 innocent victims.
    this is bound to repeat here. but of course we DO have 70,000 to spare. don't we?
    tragic. weep all of those who voted with their knees.
    By hats off! - 1/28/2020 6:11:42 PM

  • The amended Citizenship law coupled with NRC is a diabolic scheme to illegitimatiize millions of Indian Muslims. 
    The proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be an official record of all legal citizens of India where individuals would have to provide a prescribed set of documents issued before a specified cutoff date for inclusion in the register. Perhaps millions of poor Hindus and poor Muslims will not be able to produce the documents necessary to prove their citizenship. However Hindus who fail to qualify for the NRC will be able to avail the benefits of the CAA. Muslims under the same conditions may find themselves in detention camps! That's why fair minded Hindu spokesmen have spoken out against the tyrrany of CAA/NRC and have joined in the protests.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/28/2020 11:59:31 AM

  • Stop fearmongering snd creating unnecessary drama. CAA is not against any indian muslim citizen. CAA seeks to give persecuted minorities from neighbouring countries a home. Muslims are not included in CAA because they are not persecuted minorities. Ahmediyas may be facing bad times now, but they cannot be let back in because they are the architects of partition and an enthusiastic force that formed the furqan army against india. Other individual muslims can be let in on case by case basis as per merits of their case. It is not possible or  necessary to provide a blanket law for them. NRC and NPR is something every civilised nation has. We too have one, last updated in 1951. Time to update it now. Without knowing the contours of that exercise, muslims have started shouting there is danger to their citizenship. This is utter rubbish. The only people who will be in trouble is illegal muslim immigrants. Every nation in the world sends back illegal immigrants, which is what we must do, too. The author  and all the rudaalis on hire can take a chill pill and quell the anguish in their hearts, whose only use presentl y is to pen utterly unwarranted dardbhare paens to their patriotism. The real patriots will shut up and look at it sensibly like all the other citizens of the country do. Muslims must stop acting like the child in the house that will throw a tantrum at the drop of a hat. That will create more trust in your declarations of patriotism.
    By secularlogic - 1/28/2020 9:55:40 AM

  • The idea is not to expel the illegal immigrants, the purpose is to convey to the Hindus that the Muslims in India have become second class citizens. The growing opposition to CAA and NRC is also helping the BJP by polarising Hindu votes. Muslims have a dilemma. To protest or, not to protest  !!!  In both cases they suffer.
    By Ashok Sharma - 1/26/2020 7:10:22 AM

  • if modi were asleep you could wake him. but what if he is just pretending to be asleep?
    By hats off! - 1/25/2020 6:31:24 PM

  • May be he is addressing Hindu worries, like Malaysia become Muslims nation once it crossed the population and Kashmiri Hindu exodus, Ram Mandir tooth and nail opposition and Hindu humiliation enough to tell how much Hindu can suffer in long run, Muslims are always Dangai, haven't you seen Muslims kids shouting to kill PM.
    By Aayina - 1/25/2020 2:18:53 PM

  • Perhaps Modiji is mum because he wants us to worry.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 1/25/2020 11:13:14 AM

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