On the chilly Sunday in Delhi, our Prime Minister expressed his (Aabhar) gratitude to Delhiites. During his rally, PM Modi spoke not just about the achievements of his government but also criticized the opposition for the recent violence over the Citizenship Amendment Act. Everything was going really well and people were applauding the Prime Minister for his diligence. But then our Prime Minister said something which is not gullible. He said, “मेरी सरकार आने बाद, 2014 से अब तक, मैं 130 करोड़ देशवासियों को कहना चाहता हूं, कहीं पर भी NRC शब्द पर चर्चा नहीं हुई है” (Since my government came into existence, there is no discussion on NRC). But is that so?
When Home Minister Spoke About NRC
Home Minister Amit Shah on many occasions had spoken about NRC and its introduction across the country. Even during the winter session Home Minister Amit Shah, himself declared that NRC will be introduced not just in West Bengal but across the nation.
Even during rallies Amit Shah confidently spoke about NRC and its implementation
In Jharkhand, Shah announced that his government will not just make sure the implementation of NRC but also throw out infiltrators by 2024. This wasn’t the first time when Amit Shah spoke about NRC in a public rally. On 11 April 2019 in Darjeeling, he declared that his government will take NRC to the entire country. Not just Amit Shah, Defence Minister of the country Rajnath Singh too spoke about NRC during his election campaigns.
Reality Of The Detention Camps
When the ministers of his cabinet are openly talking about NRC then the statement by PM Modi seems a stretch. PM Modi did not stop here, further in his speech he said, “Opposition is spreading fear by saying people will be sent to detention camps whereas, there are no detention camps in India”. However, media reports and his MPs may have to disagree with him.
On 27 November in Rajysabha MoS Nityananda Rai informed the parliament that 28 people have died in the detention center.
One year ago BBC reported on how people are living in a hell-like situation in Assam’s detention center
Here, NDTV talks about the new detention center for foreign nationals in Karnataka
In fact, international media also covered a story on India’s first mass detention center for illegal immigrants in Assam.
Now the dilemma in front of us is whom to believe as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ministers have different narratives to tell. When the whole nation is already on roads against Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and NRC (National Register of Citizen), when misinformation making things even worse, the statement by PM Modi is only adding fuel to the fire.
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