Cain Marko wrote:So? The law is about religious minority persecution, no? Point ULTIMATELY is that it would be up to India to make a case by case decision. And that would give the GOI enough leeway to make decisions as per it's interests. But by excluding one particular community you give fuel to this who want to cause trouble, which is what we have seen for the past few months.
CAA fundamentally is not about excluding a particular religious minority. It's a mistake to characterize it that way because it misses the specific purpose and history behind the Act.
The CAA is the implementation of one of the oldest pillars of the BJP's foundation - the transfer of population problem. Removal of Article 370 is a similarly old pillar, and was why Shyama Prasad Mukherjee originally split with Nehru back in 1951 and founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the progenitor of BJP.
Getting back to the transfer of population problem, MKG didn't want a population transfer, and and asserted that Hindus etc in TSP, BD and elsewhere would be as safe as Muslims in India. That's patently not been true as history as shown. The CAA specifically offers a fast track to Indian citizenship for these minorities only.
The CAA does not give a fast track for 'Hindus'. Kenyan or Fijian Hindus - even though they face persecution - have no fast track through CAA any more than Pakistani Muslims do. It doesn't give a fast track to Parsis from Iran or Sikhs from Canadastan. In other words, it is NOT a religious metric. Rather, it's a very specific path to a specific subgroup left behind in a particular place from a particular period of time - The Partition of India:
Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi, and Christian religious minorities, who had fled persecution from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before December 2014.
It is VERY important not to get sucked up into the handwaving whataboutery around Shias, Ahmediyas etc. Whether CAA 'should' help them is just posturing. The BJP made a mistake by not being clearer and more assertive about the historical baggage they have always sought to resolve - the transfer of populations one. None of the 'what about' entities have any relation at all to the transfer of population problem - neither Shias/Ahmeddiyas nor Fijian Hindus nor Iranian Parsis. It's important that here on BRF, we do not make that same mistake, and at least try to ensure that this history and rationale is well understood.
It's astounding how little the Partition is mentioned in the context of CAA even here on BRF. In fact the Partition is central to the CAA and has everything to do with it. Those not affected by the transfer of population crisis during The Partition - of ANY religion - have any privileges accorded to them through CAA.
CAA = completion of India's goal of transfer of population after partition
That's it. That is why even Christians are named in it.
There's no problem with any of what CAA does. Most countries have specific immigration fast tracks or approaches suiting particular cases of their own interest, e.g. not just a negative one like the Lautenberg Amendment, but the Cuban Adjustment Act
that owes its existence to a long time US policy measure to build an anti Castro base in the US. The old Al Pacino movie 'Scarface'
shows how easy it was for all kinds of Cuban dregs to get a green card to US back then, that no other Latin American country national could.