Shashwat Mishra, Mumbai Uncensored, 26th December 2021:
The Narendra Modi government has granted citizenship to 3,117 minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan in the last four years. Nityanand Rai, the Minister of State (MoS) Home, while responding to a question asked by Dr. K. Keshav Rao of Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), informed the Rajya Sabha during the winter session of Parliament. A copy of Rai’s written answer is attached below:
Besides the above question, Rao also sought to know the total number of requests received by the ministry where minorities of the aforementioned countries sought refuge in the Indian territory of India in the last four years. What is important here to mention is the fact that India doesn’t have a refugee policy, hence, the foreign nationals who are refugee seekers are governed by provisions of, The Foreigners Act 1946, The Registration of Foreigners Act 1939, The Passport (Entry into India) Act 1920, and The Citizenship Act, 1955. Another MP, Abdul Wahab, raised the question of the total number of foreign nationals who are granted citizenship in the last four years i.e. between 2016-2020, the number was 4,177 people were granted citizenship.
The current status of citizenship requests as answered by Mr. Rai is 10,365, this figure is till December 14 this year. Out of the aforementioned figure, the highest number of citizenship request is from Pakistan which amount to 70% (7,306) claims, Bangladesh (161), Sri Lanka & USA (223), Nepal (189), and 10 Chinese nationals also sought citizenship. 428 stateless people have also sought citizenship.
Families Of Covid-19 Victims Can’t Be Deprived Of Compensation Merely Because Applications Filed Physically: Bombay HC To Maha Govt
Bhuvana Iyer – Mumbai Uncensored, 24th January 2022
The Bombay High Court on Monday expressed displeasure after it was informed that the kin of several Covid-19 victims were being denied the ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 50,000 as their claim forms were submitted in physical format and not through the online portal.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice MS Karnik was hearing a PIL filed by Prameya Welfare Foundation seeking a payout for all eligible applicants even if the claims were filed physically or by post.
After the Supreme Court’s intervention, the National Disaster Management Authority framed guidelines by which dependents of Covid victims would receive Rs 50,000 ex-gratia compensation by the State Governments through the State Disaster Response Fund (“SDRF”).
The redressal of grievances regarding certification would be governed by the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and ICMR on September 3, 2021, the Centre had told the Supreme Court.
On Monday, Advocate Sumedha Rao for the petitioners informed the High Court that several slum dwellers had filed claim applications before the Collector’s Officer much before the Maharashtra Government came up with an online portal for payments.
Rao said that those being denied compensation were very poor.
Her plea stated that on one hand families have lost their bread winners while on the other hand they have not received compensation which is their right to life. Moreover, there were several technical glitches in uploading forms to online portals.
Counsel for BMC, the civic body for Mumbai city, submitted that they had received 34,159 applications, of which 16,818 applications were approved.
Government Pleader Purnima Kantharia for the State submitted that through the online portal, the process was streamlined, and money was directly reaching the beneficiary’s account. She further said that the petitioners could help people submit these online applications.
However, Chief Justice Dipankar Datta was of the view that the State need not deny payment due to technicalities.
“The spirit of the Supreme Court order is that the administration must reach families of persons who have died of Covid-19. Keep this in mind, and why should you be so technical?,” CJ Datta asked.
CAA Rules : Sixth extension sought by Home Ministry for framing rules in over two years
SHASHWAT MISHRA – Mumbai Uncensored – 19 January 2022
The Home Ministry sought sixth extension in a row over framing rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 a legislation passed to give citizenship to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan which belong to, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians religion. The communities belonging to the above religions who came to India till December 31st, 2014 will not be treated as illegal migrants and will be given Indian citizenship.
The sixth extension sought for the last two years raises questions as according to the Manual on Parliamentary Work, the rules for any legislation should be framed within six months of receiving presidential assent or seek extension from the committees on subordinate legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. As the rule suggests, the Home Ministry could not frame rules within six months, hence, it sought extension from the authorized committees, first in June 2020 and then five more times.
‘We have approached the parliamentary committees seeking more time. Hopefully, we will get the extension,’ a home ministry official told PTI. Framing rules for any legislation is essential as for any legislation to come into operation, rule-making is necessary. The government has already clarified that the citizenship will be granted only after the rules are framed.
Refugees In Their Own Nation
Anushka Pathak – Mumbai Uncensored, 18th January 2022 :
A dead body was brought to our hospital in Baramulla for post-mortem. It was the dead body of a dear friend Dr Chatta, an agricultural scientist. This gentleman was married to a young and beautiful lady, Mrs Prana Chatta. Both had been abducted two days back from their residence; and the buzz was that their next door peaceful neighbour was the man behind the kidnapping, along with four other terrorists. Many doctors were sipping tea and jubilantly discussing the killing. One doctor said, “Another Hangul eliminated.” Hangul is an animal getting extinct in J&K. So he was obliquely referring to Kashmiri Pandits as a soon-to-be-extinct species. Nothing was known about Mrs Prana. Few said she was gang-raped, killed and buried. Others said she was raped by her neighbour for many days and then handed to terrorists. God knows what happened to her.
Girija Tikoo, a 21-year-old laboratory assistant at the Government High School, Trehgam, Kupwara, was abducted, brutally gang-raped and cut into two halves on a saw mill while still alive.
BK Ganjoo, a young engineer, unaware of his fate, hid in a rice container in his attic, as the jihadists terrorized the streets of Kashmir. He would have been alive today had his location not been disclosed to the terrorists by his own neighbours. The terrorists shot him through the container and forced his wife to eat the blood-soaked rice. No one knows what happened to the wife thereafter.
Names of prominent Pandits were pasted on ‘hit list’ posters and their murders celebrated. Widely read newspapers Aftab and Alsafa carried advertisements asking ‘kafirs’ to leave or risk being eliminated.
Temples were desecrated and burnt, homes and shops of Kashmiri Hindus were looted and destroyed. Mosque speakers blared ‘raliv, tsaliv ya galiv’, that is, convert, run away or be killed and raped.
There are many such blood-curling incidents that are unspoken of. This mayhem continued for over a decade to accelerate the pace of ethnic cleansing. Panun Kashmir, an organisation of displaced Kashmiris, has published a list of 1,341 murdered Kashmiri Pandits.
Today, 19th January 2022, marks the 32nd anniversary of the seventh exodus of the Kashmiri Hindus, or better known as, the Kashmiri Pandits. Thousands gang-raped, deceived by their ‘friends’, and brutally killed. ‘Kashmiriyat’, which may or may not have existed at the time, came to an end. For the natives of the land believed to be established by Rishi Kashyap, 1990 saw yet another exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from their birthplace since the 14th century.
Government of India records 64,951 displaced Kashmiri families. It is a dubious distinction for the world’s largest democracy to also be the nation whose citizens are refugees within their own country.
The UN Genocide Convention of 1948 defines ‘genocide’ as an act with the intent to destroy an ethnic group, including the killing of its members. In 1995, the National Human Rights Commission held the systemic ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Pandits akin to genocide.
It is a fact that the sentiments that led to the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus are very much alive today. The only thing that is different is the political dispensation that is in power today and the manner in which they perceive the world.
Anyone telling you that militancy in Kashmir, 32 years ago, was a mass uprising for a secular independent Kashmir, is lying to you. From Allah Tigers, Al Fatah to Jammu-Kashmir Liveration Front, each terror group issued Islamist threats and targeted Hindu minority in the name of ‘the one and true’ religion, Islam.
It is in the nature of radical Islamists to not only oppress people of other religions but also deny them the rights and privileges that they owe, as a consequence of the violence Islamic fundamentalists have inflicted upon them.
One of the few features of radical Islamic Terrorism is that while terrorists are busy committing the most heinous crimes against humanity, there is a set of assorted appeasers, in the guise of human rights activists, that get themselves busy whitewashing their crimes and immediately try to build a narrative that Islamophobia is the real concern when Islamic terrorists murder ‘Kafirs’. This gives Islamic extremists the opportunity to cry victim while they slit the throats of ‘infidels’. It has been happening in Kashmir, or anywhere for that matter, in the world, from even before 1990.
The circumstances under which Pandits were forcibly driven out of Kashmir in 1990 are often distorted by political parties. The 1989 Kashmir was a different place from the Kashmir of earlier times. Suddenly that year, Kashmiri Muslim youth swarmed into the streets. People of Kashmir heard the boys chant ‘azadi’ (freedom from India), ‘Pakistan se rishta kya, la ilaha illa allah’ (relationship with Pakistan is that of with Allah) and ‘nizam-e-mustafa’ (Sharia rule) slogans in the same breath. 79 innocent, unarmed civilians were killed that year by these ‘freedom fighters’.
The Islamist attacks on Hindus– the trigger for their ethnic cleansing in 1990 began in 1989, when the country was headed by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Jammu & Kashmir was ruled by chief minister Farooq Abdullah. Those attacks, the triggers for the exodus of Pandits, continued under Rajiv Gandhi’s successor VP Singh.
Before governor Jagmohan took over and governor’s rule was imposed in January 1990, 21 Kashmiri Pandits, a tiny minority of Hindus in the Muslim valley, were killed. Of the 2,150 incidents of violence, 2100 attacks were against civilians. All in all, the Indian National Congress as well as BJP, both failed to protect Kashmiri Pandits. Both of them and the Indian state collectively failed completely to protect the natives of Kashmir.
Those who forget history are destined to repeat it. Natives of the land established by Rishi Kashyap, this is Kashmiri Pandits’ seventh forced exodus from their birthplace since the 14th century, thanks to the Islamic invaders in the valley.
So, what should be done now to move forward and avoid a recurrence?
Punish the guilty. A Judicial Commission under a retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court should be immediately constituted. Those found guilty should be given exemplary punishment as per the law. All the 215 FIRs that have not been acted upon by the state should be clubbed and given to the NIA for a comprehensive probe.
Teach the nation. The place needs a Centre of Kashmir Renaissance to showcase knowledge and learnings through the ages including lessons from this genocide. Historians need to research and peel off the layers of distortion created to propagate narrow political interests. They need to study and credit the Gonanda, Karkota and Lohara dynasties that ruled the valley for more than 1,000 years. The Kashmiri language, Koshur, with its Vedic Sanskrit roots and unique Sharda script needs to be revived and included as a compulsory subject in state schools. Koshur needs to be actively promoted as the administrative language of the state at par with Urdu.
Resettlement of the natives. The establishment of a Reconciliation Commission, with eminent members from both the communities, will be an important first step in this direction. Its mandate should also include complaints of human rights violations against the security forces during the same period. Its ambit should include compiling a comprehensive list of the forceful takeaway of lands, and properties of the Kashmiri Pandits, and laying down the process to restore the same. The restoration, protection and preservation of the valley’s shrines and temple properties should also be taken into consideration.
The acceptance of a shared culture and consideration of the integrity of the other community’s experience will initiate the process of healing, and help wash off the blood stains of the genocide off India’s cloth. Shri Ram was in exile for 14 years, Kashmiri Pandits have now been in exile for over 32 years. It is time for Bharat to get them home.
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