New Delhi, Dec 27 (KMS): The Left parties in India on Thursday announced a seven-day nationwide protest from January 1 to 7 and a general strike on January 8 against the Citizenship Amendment Act, the National Population Register and the National Register of Citizens.
In a joint statement, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist)-Liberation, the All India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party said the protest programme was announced in solidarity with the trade unions, which have also called a general strike on January 8.
“The Left parties extend support to all the kisan and agricultural workers’ organisations and civil society movement that have called for a ‘grameen bandh’ on January 8. »

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Lucknow, Dec 27 (KMS): On December 20, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said his government will take revenge against those who are protesting against the CAA, a law protesters have said discriminates against Muslims.
Since then, dozens of recovery notices have been issued to Muslims in Rampur and other districts, asking them to pay money for destruction of public and private properties.
A day after international media highlighted how Indian media has documented brutal crackdown on Muslims by police after spontaneous protests erupted in northern state of Uttar Pradesh, more reports of police high-handedness emerged on Thursday.
Indian media reported that police have registered cases against 1,300 students of Aligarh Muslim University for taking out a candle march against India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. »

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New Delhi, Dec 27 (KMS): Indians took to the streets again on Thursday in yet more protests against a citizenship law, a day after pro-government Hindu hardliners staged a show of force complete with horses, drums and batons.
Two weeks of at times violent demonstrations have killed at least 27 people as anti-government protesters have vented their anger nationwide in the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he stormed to power in 2014.
Modi denies accusations that the law, which eases naturalisation procedures for non-Muslim minorities from three nations, is part of a master plan to reshape India as a purely Hindu nation.
But coupled with plans for a national register of citizens, it has stoked fears at home and abroad, including in Washington and at the UN rights office, about the marginalisation of India’s 200 million Muslims. »

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New Delhi, Dec 26 (KMS): Author Arundhati Roy on Wednesday said that the National Population Register will serve as a database for the National Register of Citizens, and asked citizens to oppose the first by furnishing wrong names and addresses.
Roy, at a protest gathering at Delhi University, also alleged that the National Register of Citizens is against Indian Muslims.
Roy said that government officials will visit the homes of people for taking their names, addresses and other details under the National Population Register exercise. “They will visit your homes, take your name, phone number and ask for documents like Aadhaar and driving licences,” she said. “NPR will become basis of NRC. We need to fight against it and have a plan.” »

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Lucknow, Dec 26 (KMS): A post-graduate college teacher in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow was suspended for allegedly mobilising people to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act on campus. This came after a student was expelled for calling for protests in another Lucknow university.
The first matter was reported from Shia Post Graduate College, where the administration suspended contractual faculty member Robin Verma after he was arrested by Lucknow police and sent to jail in connection with the protests against the amended citizenship law. Verma was among 285 protestors who took part in the anti-Citizenship Act demonstrations on December 19. »

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Bhopal (India), Dec 26 (KMS): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath here on Wednesday led a rally of Congressmen in protest against Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens.
Nath termed the CAA and the NRC as “anti-Constitutional”, ‘anti-people’ and ‘anti-religion” and reiterated his assertion that both the provisions would never be implemented in Madhya Pradesh under a Congress regime.
“The CAA and the NRC have threatened to imperil future of our coming generations. The provisions have hit hard the fundamentals of our Constitution. »

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Johannesburg, Dec 24 (KMS): Scores of South Africans protested Monday outside India’s consulate general in Johannesburg against a controversial new citizenship law that critics say could turn Indian Muslims into second-class citizens.
Faatimah Laher, one of the protest organizers, said their aim was to show solidarity with protesters in India.
‘‘We saw the student-led protests in India, and as student activists back home (in South Africa), it’s something we related to, and we felt something needed to be done to stop India from passing fascist laws,” she said. »

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Dubai, Dec 24 (KMS): In a rare display of public opinion in Dubai, a small demonstration has been held to protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial citizenship law passed earlier this month.
It is unclear as to whether or not the UAE has given a green light for the protest, not least because it has close ties with India. Modi was awarded the highest civilian honour in August, when he was presented with the “Order of Zayed”.
There have been widespread protests in India against the law. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is perceived as being discriminatory to the country’s Muslim minority, as it gives non-Muslim minorities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan who fled to India before 2015 a pathway to citizenship which Muslims in the same position do not have. »

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New Delhi, Dec 24 (KMS): More than two dozen people in India have died amid ongoing protests against a new citizenship law, which critics say discriminates against Muslims.
At least 25 people have died across India in ongoing protests against the country’s new citizenship law.
In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, police reportedly cracked down on demonstrators, taking at least 600 into custody. The state is a stronghold of the ruling right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, which enacted the law.
Authorities have also restricted mobile internet access and imposed emergency laws banning assemblies.
The Citizenship Amendment Act, or CAA, offers a fast-track to citizenship for persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, but excludes Muslims such as the Ahmadiyya, Hazara or Rohingya. Critics say the law is not only discriminatory, but in violation of India’s secular constitution. »

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Mumbai, Dec 24 (KMS): A German student was asked to leave India days after he attended a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. During a protest in Chennai, he had carried a poster that made a reference to the Nazi rule in his own country: “1933 to 1945 – we have been there”.
Jakob Lindenthal was at IIT Madras as an exchange student in the Department of Physics. He said the Foreigners Regional Registration Office had given him “oral directions” to leave India soon after he returned to Chennai after a short trip to Bengaluru. »

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