India’s Muslims should have been shipped to Pakistan at the time of partition in 1947, declared Giriraj Singh, an Indian minister of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries. He also argued that the move would have saved the country from a lot of trouble.
He said, widespread unrest over two contentious laws – the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and a proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) – could have been avoided if Indian Muslims were deported to Pakistan when the country was divided from present-day India.
“It is the time to commit ourselves to the nation. Before 1947, [Muhammad Ali] Jinnah pushed for an Islamic nation. It was a big lapse by our ancestors that we’re paying the price for,” Singh said.
It was reported in the news media that Singh was recently rebuked by the ruling BJP’s national president, Jagat Prakash Nadda, after he labelled an Islamic seminary in Uttar Pradesh a “fountainhead of terrorism.
Many critics have raised their voices considering the CAA discriminatory and contrary to India’s secular values, Against the law, people are joining nationwide protest. On the other hand, NRC is enforced only in the state of Assam but gradually it would establish a database for all Indians. Protesters argued that like the CAA, the law is anti-Muslims, though the Indian government argues that the law is to tackle illegal immigration.