LAHORE -- The second term of India's Modi government has fully exposed the ruling BJP's real face and its designs about Muslims.
On August 5 it annexed occupied Kashmir and imposed curfew and a number of other restrictions that continue even today. When the Muslim Ummah failed to come up with a united and strong reaction to this unconstitutional and immoral act, the BJP government felt emboldened and, last week, went for another provocative step that leaves no doubt in concluding that for India secularism means nothing but hating Muslims.
Its parliament passed a law that seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before 2015. The Muslims have been excluded from the list, which is being regarded as a move to marginalise Muslims.
The Indian constitution prohibits religious discrimination against its citizens, and guarantees all persons equality and equal protection of the law.
The enactment is being vehemently reviled both at home and abroad. Five opposition: ruled Indian states have refused to implement the new law, which is a matter of serious embarrassment for the BJP leadership.
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In view of the implications of the new legislation and the BJP's thinking about Muslims, the 57: state OIC should immediately hold a special session and work out its future line of action to prove itself as an effective platform for the rights of Muslims across the world. If it failed to do so, atrocities being perpetrated on Muslims in various countries would multiply in the times ahead.
As for international reaction to the new India legislation, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has criticised the bill as going against India's secular pluralism and the Indian constitution. It also sought American sanctions against (Amit) Shah, the minister who introduced the bill.
The New York Times called the new legislation 'divisive'.
'The measure, called the Citizenship Amendment Bill, uses religion as a criterion for determining whether illegal migrants in India can be fast: tracked for citizenship. The bill favours members of all South Asia's major religions except Islam, and leaders of India's 200: million: strong Muslim community have called it blatant discrimination.
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