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Indians In Cambridge Held A Rally In Support Of CAA

Geetha Patil

People of Indian-origin showed their support to the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) enacted on December 12, 2019 by the Government of India by holding a rally in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Sunday morning, January 05, 2020, like others did in other cities of USA. The rally was aimed at taking away the misinformation and myths surrounding the act by US-based Pakistanis, supporters of Indian National Congress and other opposition parties and some Leftist Organizations.

In the last few days, members of Indian diaspora are holding demonstrations in various cities of the US. Demonstrators were seen holding placards which read 'We support Citizenship (Amendment) Act', 'CAA is about human rights' and 'NRIs support CAA.' Indian community members are coming out in big numbers to support the Indian Government decision in bringing CAA to provide relief to oppressed minorities based on their religion (Hindus, Sikhs, Christians Parsis, Jains and Buddhists) in neighboring Islamic countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.”

This rally included representatives from the various religious sects mentioned in the Act. Well informed Teenagers and youngster about this Act also participated in the rally. Demonstrators were of the opinion that instead of having civil debate based on facts some organizations were bent on undermining any discourse or the truth, by spreading completely absurd lies and what is lost in their dialog is the plight of those who suffered untold sufferings since partition of India. Most secularists failed to differentiate between religious persecution and economic migration. CAA is not against any religion, but it is against the religious persecution and supports those minorities who are prosecuted in the Islam dominated countries. Thousands of people have migrated to India illegally for economic reasons as well. We have to deal with them with compassion and concern, but we still have to apply laws. Countries cannot survive without laws. Like United States, India has to enforce immigration laws.

Robert B. Lancia, the former Rhode Island Legislator came to support the members of Indian Community rally at Cambridge. He along with his wife held the place card and shouted the slogans. He said that CAA provides an opportunity for persecuted Indian diaspora to become Indian citizens from three countries which have been officially declared as Islamic republics and all minorities are forced to live in pathetic conditions as second class citizens. America is willing to invite lot more Indians in the coming years as there are millions job opportunities are going to be created.

One of the participants said, “We organized this rally to counter the fear-mongering of Islamic and leftist organizations about CAA and NRC, their bizarre statements that NRC in combination with CAA is designed to expel Muslims from India.”

Another participants said, “Muslims in India are misinformed, they just absolutely did not want to talk facts or listen to facts.  Our teenagers and kids who are here are also so well informed and educated on this topic and making efforts to avoid illiteracy on the topic.”

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