Adil Hussain has condemned the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday, 9 December. In a series of tweets, the Life of Pi actor, who hails from Assam, called the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAB a fight that nobody will win, and said that the bills have "massacred” our “fundamental identity as humans”.
“In all the chaos of the NRC and CAB, I am most concerned and deeply saddened that the fundamental identity of ours as human is massacred. In this fight, nobody will win. Everybody will lose. The greatest loss of our times will be humanity itself,” he tweeted.
In All THESE chaos of NRC and CAB, #CitizenshipAmendmentBill I am most concern and deeply saddened that the fundamental "identity" of ours as human is massacred. In this fight no body will win. Everybody will loose. The greatest loss of our times will be humanity itself.— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) December 10, 2019
When we were born, our families had cheered because our mothers had given birth to a Human & not a squirrel! We were born a human FIRST. If we cannot retain, protect & celebrate the PRIMARY identity than what's the USE of calling ourselves a Muslim, Hindu, Assamese or a Bengali?— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) December 10, 2019
He said that the decision to impose the CAB bill was “most unwise” on the part of a government that has "failed to understand the complexities of the Assamese cultural fabric”.
Assam, very painfully slowly, was recovering from 2.5 decades of unrest from 1979. Things were becoming a bit normal. Now, the wisdom of our Leadership failed to understand the complexities of Assamese cultural fabric. The decision to impose CAB is the most unwise ever.— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) December 11, 2019
The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they fled their native country due to religious persecution. According to the proposed legislation, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till 31 December 2014, after facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship.
The bill has led to a slew of protests across India, especially large parts of the northeast. Assam’s Brahmaputra Valley witnessed a shutdown led by the All Assam Students’ Union and the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO). Protests also erupted in different areas of Guwahati. The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) called a strike in Arunachal Pradesh which led to a shutdown of educational institutions, banks, markets and commercial establishments. A few incidents of violence have been reported in Shillong.
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