Amit Shah laid the road map for NRC in today's Kolkata meeting. He participated in a seminar on NRC in Kolkata amidst controversy on the subject. Mamata Banarjee,Chief Minister of West Bengal is vigorously campaigning against implementation of NRC in West Bengal. She propagated that implementation of NRC is against the interest of West Bengal. Several lakhs of people migrated over a period of time from Bangladesh. Earlier estimates put the figure at more than 60 lakhs in West Bengal alone. Mamata says that they are all Bengalis and so, their interest will be affected. Mamata created lot of fear psychosis among refugees as if all of their stay is in danger because of implementation of NRC.
That is the reason , Amit Shah chosen visit to West Bengal to clarify their party and Government stand on NRC. He cleared doubts about its implementation. He divided the issue in two parts. Prior to implementation of NRC, he wanted to bring Citizenship Amendment Bill . All minorities in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan i.e. Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis who came to India because of their persecution in these islamic countries will be treated as refugees and will be granted citizenship . Then, NRC will be prepared. Illegal immigrants will be identified and deported. This statement clears doubts about the fate of Citizenship amendment Bill. BJP wanted to give citizenship to all non-muslim migrants from neighbouring countries. The reason was clear and supported by evidence.
In Pakistan, the percentage of minorities at the time of partition was 23% whereas now it is around 3 to 4%. Where were these minorities gone? Surely, they flee away to India. Similar is the case with Bangladesh. The minority population came down to 10 to 11%. The reduction of minorities is due to migration to India or conversion to Islam. Both took place in the neighbouring countries. The BJP Government wanted to address the first one by absorbing them into India as citizens. This argument can not be brushed aside. Particularly, Hindus can not go anywhere except India. But opposition sees conspiracy in this argument. This makes muslims exclusive policy, they argues. It is true that the remaining migrants are from muslim community. But it is also a fact that they were not religiously persecuted group in Islamic countries. They migrated for green pastures. These people naturally will not be fitted in the category of refugees. Though it appears on face as religious issue, it is not as per internationally accepted norms. Refugees who were persecuted will be treated on separate footing compared to illegal immigrants.
Implementation of NRC however is practically difficult in India. Our experience in Assam proved that it will not be foolproof. After spending huge money, it will be a futile exercise. Though concept wise, it is noble, implementation part, it will be highly impossible task with the present administrative setup. Instead, the same money can be spent in strengthening borders so that at least from now onwards,no infiltration is allowed. It is the only practical solution.