Second US City Slams India's Citizenship Law, Calling It 'racist And Repressive'
Muhammad Irfan 11 days ago Fri 14th February 2020 | 10:20 AM
UNITED NATIONS, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 14th Feb, 2020 ) :Days before President Donald Trump is due to visit India, another prominent US city -- the second in a week -- has denounced Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalistic government's "racist and repressive" policies and called for the withdrawal of the controversial discriminatory citizenship law that it sponsored.
The City Council of Cambridge in the US state of Massachusetts on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), calling upon the Indian Parliament to "uphold" the country's secular constitution by repealing the law and stopping a proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), according to media reports.
The move came a week after Seattle, the largest city in the US state of Washington, adopted a similar resolution, urging India to repeal the CAA and stop the NRC. Seattle is rated as one of the most powerful city councils in the US.
"It has come to the attention of the city council that on December 11, 2019, the Indian Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, which for the first time uses religion as a criterion for Indian citizenship," the Cambridge City Council's resolution said.
The Cambridge resolution declared that "Modi government's racist and repressive policies" were inconsistent with the values of the city, "which welcomes South Asian communities of all castes and religions".
"Through the CAA, most of us can recognise the echo of the 1930s in Germany when a Nazi government took similar steps - closely parallel to the NRC and CAA - which we know now were initial steps towards the Holocaust," said Wyon, who deposed before the city council in support of the resolution.
She said CAA and NRC are "unconstitutional and designed to disenfranchise several million Muslims, Dalits (people at the bottom of Hindu caste hierarchy) and other marginalised groups in order to move toward an ultra-right-wing fascist state".
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has termed the law "fundamentally discriminatory in nature".