What happened in Hitler's Germany in the 1930s happened in India now: Amarinder Singh in CAA
CHANDIGARH: Chief Minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh On Friday he said that the controversial Citizenship Law (Amendment) was against the secular fabric of the country and said that the events that were unfolding now were similar to those that were witnessed in Germany in the 1930s when Adolf Hitler was at the helm.
By participating in the discussion in the State Assembly on a resolution against him, Singh described the Law as divisive and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) proposed as a tragedy and said he was unfortunate to witness the events that were taking place in his life. Now in the country.
You want to change the secular structure of this country. It is very sad what is happening now. We hadn't even thought about such a thing. We want to break the brotherhood simply by politics, he said.
Clearly, no lessons have been learned from history, the prime minister added.
The Punjab assembly on Friday approved the resolution by voice vote against the controversial CAA, seeking its repeal by the Center.
The resolution also urged the Center to suspend work in the National Population Registry ( NPR ) until the forms or documents associated with it are adequately modified to dispel the apprehension that it is a prelude to the National Citizens Registry (NRC) and is designed to deprive a section of people of Indian citizenship and implement the AAC .
The prime minister of Punjab, emotionally, said: Where will the poor go and where will they get their birth certificates? This is a great tragedy. And I'm sorry to say it in my life ... I wish I wasn't here when this is happening to my country, where we are going to be in a situation where fraternity is breaking through politics.
He said it was an ethnic cleansing in Hitler's Germany in the 1930s and said that the same events are now taking place in India.
The Germans did not speak then, and they repented, but we have to speak now, so as not to repent later, he said, urging the opposition, particularly the Akalis, to read Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' to understand the dangers of the CAA.
He said he would translate the book into Punjabi and distribute it so that everyone could read and understand the historical mistakes Hitler made.
What is happening in India is not good for the country. People, including students, could see and understand, and protest spontaneously, without any instigation, he said referring to recent protests against the CAA in different parts of the country.
Singh made it clear that the Census in Punjab will be conducted according to the old parameters.
The new factors added by the Center for the purpose of the NPR would not be included, the chief minister said.
The Census will be carried out shortly. It will be done in the old way as it was in the past. We will not follow the new Law, he said.
Singh made a passionate appeal to the Akalis to overcome politics and follow their conscience and think about their own country before deciding their vote. Singh said he had never imagined that such a tragedy could occur in a secular country like India, more Muslim than Pakistan.
Where will all these people go, whom you qualify as non-citizens? Where will the 18 lakh people declared illegal go if other countries refuse to take them? Has anyone thought about it? Amit Shah Did you even think about what should be done with the so-called illegal people? Where will the poor get their birth certificates? Asked the chief minister.
We all have to live together as citizens of secular India in our own interest, he added.
People of all religions have lived harmoniously together in this country for all these years, and Muslims have given their lives for this country, said Singh, citing the example of the Indian army soldier Abdul Hamid, who received the Param Vir Chakra in title posthumous for their actions. during the India-Pak war of 1965.
Why have Muslims been excluded? And why (Center) have they not included the Jews in the CAA? he asked, noting that Punjab previously had a governor, General JFR Jacob, who was Jewish, and who fought for the nation in the 1971 war.
Those responsible for this situation should be ashamed of themselves, the prime minister said, even when he lashed out against the Akalis for supporting legislation in Parliament and then talking about it in different voices to promote their political agenda.
Noting that Punjab had just celebrated the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev, who taught that koyi Hindu nahin, koyi Mussalman nahin, sab rab key bandey (nobody is Hindu, nobody is Muslim, everything is God's creation) Singh asked the Akalis if they had forgotten the teachings of the Guru.
You (Akalis) should be ashamed and regret one day, he said.