On the occasion of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Jayanti, “SaveBengal” on 22nd January 2019 organized a special address on the Citizenship Amendment Bill by Sh. Bhupender Yadav Ji, Hon’ble Member of Parliament to thank the Government of India under the decisive leadership of Sh. Narendra Modi Ji upon passing of the historic legislation. On a rain soaked Tuesday evening, the Netaji Hall at South Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park’s Kali Mandir Society was packed to capacity with majority of the audience made up of young voters.
With the soothing sounds of the evening arati in the background, Sh. Bhupender Yadav Ji commenced his address by noting the contributions of greats of the Bengali Renaissance namely Sh. Aurobindo, Jagdish Chandra Bose, Kabiguru Rabindranath Tagore, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee whose contributions in the spiritual, scientific, literary, cultural and education field thrust India’s march towards independence. Post partition persecuted religious minorities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan have been forced to flee their homes. The Citizenship Amendment aims to provide them a respectable and dignified life. At one point, Hindus in Bangladesh owned 60 lakh acres of land, presently they are left with less than 10% of those lands. Today’s India cannot turn a blind eye towards atrocities in its neighbourhood. The Citizenship Amendment Bill has not undermined the Assam Accord. Back in the partition days, Hindus, Sikhs, Christians who spoke the same language, practiced similar lifestyles as us Indians stayed back in Pakistan and Bangladesh owing to attachment to their lands. Raising the recent amendment to the Enemy Property law, Sh. Bhupender Yadav Ji mentioned that those Indian citizens who left India in 1962, 1965, 1971 and moved to Pakistan and China, their properties were taken over by the Government of India. It was the Modi Government that enacted an amendment to the Enemy Property law and ensured that a Supreme Court of India judgment which held that proceeds out of “enemy property” be handed to the kin of the those who had migrated out of India, was set aside. In conclusion, Bhupender Ji emphasized that it is vital to distinguish between refugees who have faced persecution on the basis of their religion and hence moved to India, and those illegal immigrants who pose a security threat resulting in demographic changes that can lead to another possible partition scenario. Quoting the judgment by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in ‘Sarbananda Sonowal v Union of India’, Bhupender Ji remarked that India must have the first right on its natural resources. It is important for India to thwart every battle (be it cultural or territorial), not necessarily a war. Reminding Smt. Mamata Banerjee of her own statement of 5th August 2005 on the floor of the Parliament regarding illegal immigrants, now that she is in power has gone back on her own word; whereas the Government of India under Hon’ble Prime Minister Modi’s leadership has maintained consistent and principled stands on these issues that reflects the Modi Government’s commitment to the security, integrity, unity, and sovereignty of India.
Also present on the occasion as speakers were Dr. Anirban Ganguly, Director of Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation and Dr. Saradindu Mukherji eminent historian and Member of the Indian Council of Historical Research.