CJI beats for NRC, says it is the base document for the future

NEW DELHI: The president of the Supreme Court of India said Sunday that there was a lack of acceptance of the various and warned people who objected against the NRC process, even on the deadline, that they are playing with fire.

With fifteen days left before he resigns his position, the CJI asked people to reflect on the growing intolerance towards diversity and the options we have as a nation.

“Unfortunately, the simple idea of ​​acceptance, especially from people who may be different or diverse from us, is an idea from which people are at a great distance. It seems that we are in an era in which our failure to accept what is different from us is no longer considered a deficiency. In fact, we use such a flaw in our sleeves with pride and vanity out of place, ”said CJI Gogoi.

Underlining the acceptance of diversity as an idea on which all societies grew, he added: “The current world around us seems to suggest otherwise. But I consider this to be fundamental if we, as a nation, plan our future and if our choices as a nation are the same. ”

Judge Gogoi was speaking at the launch of a book, Post-Colonial Assam, by Mrinal Talukdar, a veteran journalist. The book chronicles historical events such as the agitation of Assam and him, which sought to identify and eliminate illegal immigrants from the state.

The CJI, however, wondered if decades of struggle had produced any tangible result.

“The 1985 Assam Agreement and its concomitant characteristics, the introduction of Section 6A into the Citizenship Law and the promise of one, was an attempt to develop a solution within the legal framework. I wonder what the results are, ”said CJI Gogoi. “Section 6A is waiting for an assent from the constitutional bank of the Supreme Court. The NRC is not exempt from disputes, ”he added.

“The people of Assamese have shown great magnanimity and great heart by accepting several deadlines for the preparation of the NRC. All these dates are at a considerable distance from the moment when the first forced migration attack hit the Assamese people ... Humanity is acceptance. That is one of the first steps towards inclusion. It is necessary to say it and record that people who object, including (on) these deadlines, are playing with fire, said CJI Gogoi.

By qualifying the NRC as a base document for the future, the CJI criticized the chair commentators for feeding the rumors. “The NRC, as it can finally emerge, is not a document of the moment. Nineteen lakh or 40 lakh is not the point. It (the NRC) is the base document for the future. It is a document that can be referenced to determine future claims. This, in my opinion, is the intrinsic value of the NRC, said the CJI, which has been monitoring the NRC process.

“Let me take this opportunity to clarify: the NRC is neither new nor noble. The current NRC is an attempt to update the 1951 NRC. Prior to this exercise, the entire speech has been repeatedly fueled by a large number of conjectures about the number of illegal immigrants, which, in turn, fueled panic and fear and vicious cycles of violence and illegality, ”he said. Irresponsible reports from some media outlets made the situation worse, he added.

Judge Hrishikesh Roy of the Supreme Court, who was a guest at the event, recounted how there was a vacant space for an exhibition at the apex court museum. The exhibition will soon be filled with the verdict, Judge Roy said. A bank of five judges headed by CJI Gogoi is expected to issue Ayodhya's trial in the coming days.