Global Politics & Cultures (formerly Independent Thought & Freedom)
Episode 83

55: Kapil Kumar | The Western, Indian liberal and Muslim media's distortion of the CAA as "fascism"

Kirk Meighoo published on

India is being rocked by protest, and the world's media and elites appear to be condemning the Government for causing it.


India's parliament has passed a bill which offers amnesty to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three neighbouring countries, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), says this will give sanctuary to people fleeing religious persecution.

However, the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) passed the upper house of parliament, where the BJP lacks a majority, by 125 votes to 105 on 11 December. It had cleared the lower house two days earlier.

Critics say the bill is part of a BJP agenda to marginalise Muslims. They have engaged in violent protests across the country.

Yet there are others along the border with Bangladesh who fear being over-run by immigrants. A very different, nativist, type of protest.

More than 20 people have died in ten days of clashes sparked by the bill. Protesters have continued to take to the streets in spite of police bans.

Today I am pleased to have on the programme Professor Kapil Kumar.

Professor Kapil Kumar is a Professor of History, and the Director at the Centre for Freedom Struggle & Diaspora Studies at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India. He is a frequent guest on various television and other programmes in India, and we are very privileged to have him share his views and insights with us today.

We discuss:

- False understandings of the Citizenship Amendment Act
- the essential background of the CAA in the partition of India
- all Muslims did not want or support the idea of Pakistan
- the condition of minorities in former Indian territories of Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan
- the misunderstanding of a "Hindu State" / the difference between Hinduism and the exclusivist Jewish-Christian-Islamic religions
- National Security issues: ISI infiltration in India
- the reality of the notion of Ghazva-e-Hind: the Muslim conquest of India
- the role of the Communist Party of India in the disturbances
- Pakistan's silence on treatment of Muslims by China 
- addressing the so-called "threat" of the National Register of Citizens making Muslims stateless
- the persecution of Muslim minority sects in Pakistan
- critique of liberal idea of human rights
- the dilemma of dealing with violence, anarchy in protests
- the West and Western media's deliberate undermining Indian development
- the difference between "secularism" in the West and India
- critique of Arundhati Roy
- his journey from Communism to nationalism
- the degeneration of the Pakistani state, murders of Heads of Government: Liaqat Ali Khan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto, Pervez Musharraff
- the open aggression of Pakistan against India
- the implications of the CAA for the global role and position of India in the current geo-political order

and much more


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