Far vs. short-sightedness.


'Muslims who are opposing Pakistan will spend rest of their lives proving loyalty to India,' Jinnah once said in 1945. They are resounding too loud after the Indian parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019. This bill provides a path to Indian citizenship only for Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian religious minorities fleeing persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and exclude Muslims from their list of potential beneficiaries, respectively. Indian secular character was always doubtful, but now it has reached to a verge of annihilation and CAB is paving the way for India's 'theocratisation.'

In the view of many seasoned Indian scholars, this move of BJP spells partition 2.0 for the Indian subcontinent. The amendment has been extensively condemned as discriminating based on religion. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called it fundamentally discriminatory, adding that while India's goal of protecting persecuted groups is welcome, this should be achieved through a non-discriminatory national asylum system. As of 12 December, the protests had resulted in more than a thousand arrests and six deaths; civil liberties and communication facilities were frequently suspended by the police in response. The current protests are happening nearly eight years after riots between Muslim migrants and native Bodo Hindus over illegal immigration to Assam resulted in 77 deaths.

It is fitting to say that Quid-e-Azam comprehended the Hindu mindset and farsighted the Hindu hostility. On the other side, CAB has revealed the short-sightedness of the Muslim leaders such Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, Sayyid Husain Ahmad Madani, Allama Mashriqi, and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad etc. They perceived the apparent through their short-sightedness. But Mr Jinnah realised the actual and relied on farsightedness. Let's understand far and short-sightedness in little more detail and connect with current happenings.

In medical diction short-sightedness, or myopia, is a prevalent eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred. From a social and political perspective, the term refers to a lack of foresight or discernment, a narrow view of something, or a lack of imagination. When short-sightedness starts appearing in the decision making of the leadership of a nation, this is named as political myopia and signifies the deficiency of prophetic vision. Political systems are designed to overcome that...

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