'Alliance Against CAA and NRC' to Launch Nationwide Protests Against New Citizenship Law & NRC
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 20—Various social and human rights organisations, intellectuals, journalists and professionals have formed ‘Alliance Against CAA and NRC’ to take stock of the ongoing situation in the country and launch a nationwide protest against the new citizenship law and National Register of Citizens(NRC) exercise which the central government wants to carry out in rest of the country as well, after having completed in Assam. Over 19 lakh people, mostly Hindus have been left out of NRC in Assam, but Hindus out of them would get citizenship under the amended law and it is the Muslims only who will become stateless as the new law does not cover the Muslims under its amended provisions.
The alliance was formed after a meeting at India International Centre, New Delhi, on December 19.
While Ravi Nair was unanimously appointed convener, Mujtaba Farooq of All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat was appointed co-convener. The two were also assigned to constitute a Steering Committee and Sub-Committees for Media, Research, Documentation and other specific matters as required.
The participants unanimously resolved:
1. The Alliance against CAA & NRC decided to support the widespread public disapproval of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 recently passed by Parliament with a slender majority which was cobbled up with engineered abstentions during voting. The Alliance noted with concern that the Act violates the basic secular structure of the Constitution of India as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and other United Nations Covenants and Declarations.
2. The Alliance discerned the diabolical motive of resorting to faith-based discrimination as the propelling force behind the CAA. It bails out non-Muslims who are not included in the NRC. Muslims alone are rendered stateless - ready to be consigned to detention centres.
3. The Alliance decided to appeal to the state governments to challenge the CAA by invoking Article 131 of the Constitution.
4. The Alliance resolved to support the peaceful protests being currently organized all over India in around three dozen universities.
5. The Alliance decided to organize protest ‘dharnas’ nationwide.
6. The Alliance specifically expressed sympathy and solidarity with the students of Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University who recently were victims of unprovoked and excessive use of force by the personnel of the local Police and the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).The Alliance demanded punitive action against those responsible based on the findings of a high level judicial enquiry that need to be constituted into these unjustified attacks on students.
7. The Alliance called upon the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia to quickly pursue the decision announced by her to get the unauthorized entry made by Delhi Police in the University premises on 14 December 2019 and unjustified use of lathis and teargas shells against peacefully protesting students expeditiously investigated.
8. The Alliance expressed its displeasure that the AMU administration allowed the UP Police to enter the campus on 13 and 15 December 2019 after which they committed excesses against the unsuspecting students. The Alliance demanded similar enquiry and punitive action as in the case of JMI as demanded above.
9. The Alliance demanded from the Union Ministries of HRD and Home Affairs that both the enquiries be concluded within a month from now and the guilty be suitably punished without delay.
10.The Alliance demanded that all cases instituted against protestors and more particularly students be unconditionally withdrawn.
11. The Alliance called upon all Indians to observe "Shaheed Diwas" (30 January) and Ambedkar Jayanti (14 April) as ‘Save Constitution Day’.
12.The Alliance decided that a Peoples Inquiry Committee be constituted headed by no less than a retired judge of the Supreme Court to go into Police excesses committed against the students of JMI and AMU and other protesters.
13.The Alliance unanimously elected Mr Ravi Nair and Mr Mujtaba Farooq to be its Convener and Co-Convener respectively. They were also requested to constitute a Steering Committee and Sub-Committees for Media, Research, Documentation and other specific matters as required.
Following persons attended the meeting.
• Sri Ravi Nair, Chairman, South Asia HR Documentation Centre
• Sri Mujtaba Farooq, General Secretary, AIMMM
• Sri Ambarish Rai, Educational Activist
• Maulana Tauqir Raza, Chairman, Ittehaad-e-Millat Council
• Sri Jaiwant Patankar, Advocate
• Maulana Mohd Wali Rahmani, Imarat-e-Sharia
• Sri Rajiv Ranjan, RTE Forum
• Sri Syed Saadatullah Husaini, Amir, Jamaate Islami Hind
• Prof Apoorvanand Jha, Delhi University
• Maulana Mahmood Asad Madani, General Secretary, Jamiatul Ulemae Hind
• Prof Ratan Lal, Delhi University
• Mualana Mohsin Taqvi, Majlis Ulema Hind
• Mufti Mohd Mukarram, Shahi Imam, Fatehpuri Masjid
• Sri Anil Chamaria, Media
• Sri Wakil Parvez, Jamiat Ahle Hadees
• Dr Narendra Nagarwala, Delhi University
• Dr Syed Zafar Mahmood, Convener, Watan ki Fikr
• Sri Umesh Kumar, Media
• Sri Kamal Faruqi, ex-Chairman, Delhi Minorities Commission
• Sri Sanjeev Sinha, RTE Activist
• Dr SQR Ilyas, Member, Advisory Council, JIH
• Sri Mitra Ranjan, RTE Activist
• Sri Shakil Ahmad Syed, Advocate, Supreme Court
• Sri Bharat Seth
• Lt Gen Zamiruddin Shah, ex VC, AMU
• Ms B. K. Sucharita
• Sri Ziya us Salam, Media
• Ms Bihu Chamadia,
• Maulana Ataur Rahman Qasmi, Shah Waliullah Foundation
• Ms Aatreya Sen, RTE Activist
• Sri E. M. Abdur Rahman, PFI
• Sri Prashant Tandon, Media
• Prof Hasina Hashiya, Milli Council
• Dr Sonu Bharadwaj, Samvidhan Bachao Sanstha
• Prof Ghazala Jamil, JNU
• Dr Aparajita Sharma, Council for Social Development
• Ms Sahba Rumnong, Advocate
• Ms Saira Shah Halim, Media Activist
• Dr Poorva Bharadwaj, Women’s Rights Activist
• Sri Sanam Wazir, Amnesty International
• Sri Kishore Lal, ex bureaucrat
• Sri Wasiq N. Khan, United Against Hate
• Rev Fr Dr P. Samuel, Henry Martin Institute
• Sri Mashkoor Usmani, ex president, AMUSU
• Sri P. R. Rahanamol, Bhim Army
• Sri Umar Khalid, Activist
• Sri A. C. Michael, Delhi Catholic Church
• Sri Wasim Tyagi, Bhim Army
• Sri Anas Tanvir,
• Sri Birju Nayak, Lok Raj Sangathan
• Maulana Niyaz A. Farooqi, JUH
• Dr Tariq Ayubi, AMU
• Sri A. U. Asif, Media
• Engr Mohd Salim, VP, JIH
• Sri Sharfuddin Ahmad, Advocate
• Sri Anas Tanvir, Advocate
• Sri Owais Sultan