Citizenship Amendment Act is not anti-Muslim, says Rajnath Singh

NEW YORK — The amendments to the Citizenship Act are not anti-Muslim, defense minister Rajnath Singh The Indian community is optimistic here and says that our culture does not teach us to hate.

According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Persian and Christian communities come from Pakistan , Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014 and facing religious persecution there will not be considered illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.

Singh, who arrived in the US on Monday for the 2019 US-India 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue on December 18, addressed members of the Indian community here during an event organized by the Consulate General of India at the organization educational, Asia Society.

He talked about the various decisions that were made Narendra Modi government, including Article 370 abduction, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Triple Talaq bill and India's response to the terrorism emanating from Pakistan.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is now law, is not anti-Muslim, Singh said.

He said the law aims at providing citizenship to minorities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists, Jains fleeing religious persecution in India's neighboring countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Singh said Muslims are excluded from the CAA because these three countries are theocratic and Islamic state and in an Islamic state, even though those who follow Islam do not face religious persecution. but not religious persecution because the religion of that state is Islam.

That is why, we do not give it to Muslims. If not, we will not know each other based on caste, creed or religion. Our culture does not teach us to hate, he said in the midst of an applause from the audience.

I consider every Muslim living in India as my brother, as a family member, he added, adding that it is India who has given the 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' message to the world.

Singh emphasized that one cannot win over people by bringing a sense of isolation to our behavior. If we need to do someone, we can do that simply by instilling a sense of trust in them.

In response to a question about protests and disruptions in Assam and Bengal in the CAA, he said, The situation is under control. Any confusion will be removed.

I would like to clarify that the CAB is not anti-Muslim. If anyone can tell me that the CAB is anti-Muslim, then let's also think about CAB but not if someone is trying to just create an air of issue. It won't do.

United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will host Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on December 18 for the 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue.

On the Triple Talaq issue, Singh said India would not tolerate it if its Muslim mothers, sisters and children faced injustice.

Utilizing the courage and fortitude of the Indian armed forces, Singh recalled that he traveled to France in October to receive the first of 36 fighter jet fighter jets at a Dassault Aviation facility in the French port city of Bordeaux .

He said now that India will have the jets, if we have to eliminate the terror camps, there will be no need to take the planes to Pakistan. We can do it from India.

Replying to a member of the audience who commented that Singh had said that if talks were held with Pakistan, it would now be on Pakistan -occupied Kashmir (PoK), the defense minister said, Baat kya hogi, PoK toh apna hai hi ( What is there to talk, PoK is ours) , amidst a loud cheer from the audience.

Singh had said that if talks were held with Pakistan in the future, it would be only on PoK.

Singh said India's military strength is increasing, but the country also takes precaution even when dealing with Pakistan.

He said if India wanted, it could have attacked the military establishments and civilian areas in Pakistan but that would have resulted in a lot of casualties.

But we took precaution and decided that we have to target and eliminate only those places where there are terror training camps. Not one civilian was killed and neither did we attack any Pakistan i military establishment. We never want to attack a country's sovereignty. is our character.

Singh said India wants to have good relations with Pakistan. He referred to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee going to Lahore in 1999. But what did Pakistan give to us in return - Kargil.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also decided to invite Heads of State and government of neighboring countries to his oath-taking ceremony in 2014.

During his first term in 2014, Modi had extended an invitation to SAARC leaders, including then Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif, to his oath-taking ceremony.

This signifies the thought process of our Prime Minister. We should have good relations with our neighboring countries ... but how Pakistan behaves with us, you can see, Rajnath said.