#ThankyouJinnah Trends on Twitter as Situation for Indian Muslims Worsen
A worrisome development took wings on Wednesday last week when the upper house of India’s Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). This bill gives the right to the system to decide on the basis of religion whom to treat as an illegal immigrant and whom to fast-track for citizenship.
It says Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who came to India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan won’t be treated as illegal. They’ll have a clear path to citizenship leaving one segment of the population behind, Muslims. This measure affects potentially 2 million people, not all 200 million Muslims in India. However, Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said it plans to extend the NRC process across the country.
After the CAB passed on Wednesday, Modi tweeted: “A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! … This Bill will alleviate the suffering of many who faced persecution for years.”
Increasing discrimination and violence against Muslims in the Current Modi BJP rule and some other developments have propagated #ThankyouJinnah on twitter in the last few days. The idea behind the hashtag that is being used is the Gratitude that the Muslim nation feels in the form of the gift of protection that the state of Pakistan gives, an idea propagated by Muhammad Ali Jinnah.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founding father of Pakistan, had the vision centered on the idea that freedom was every human’s right.
People share Jinnahs Ideology via Twitter celebrating his vision
” If British tried to keep Muslims & Hindus together in a single country…..
It would result in the worst disaster ”
(Quaid e azam )
— Noorima Khanam (@NoorimaK) December 17, 2019
Jinnah feared for a humanitarian crisis and this is what the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom are warning, that this passing of amendment could soon turn into a humanitarian disaster of horrifying proportions.
People share the words:
— Muhammad Umar (@engrmumer) December 17, 2019
Just days before Pakistan was created, Jinnah said: “You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed – that has nothing to do with the business of the State.”
Thus, the followers of Jinnah’s ideology are now stronger on the belief that they made the correct decision.
— J O K E R 🇵🇰❤️ (@Jokeeeerrrrrr) December 16, 2019
Many have come forward against this biased amendment, Harsh Mander, a human rights advocate of Sikh origins, wrote that the CAB represents “the gravest threat to India’s secular democratic Constitution since India became a republic.” He said that if the bill becomes law, he’ll declare himself a Muslim out of solidarity.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah strove for a safe haven for people, exactly what Modi government devises on taking away from the citizens. Kashmiris suffer at the hands of wrong policies and now an alarming situation is brewing within India itself.
Across the globe, many stand against the act and are weighing in on the matter. “They want a theocratic state,’’ said B.N. Srikrishna, a former judge on India’s Supreme Court. “This is pushing the country to the brink, to the brink of chaos.”
Mohammad Ali Jinnah being the visionary man he was stood against all violence, injustice and democracy. His vision gave breathing space and freedom of expression to all whereas this amendment is a testament of narrow-mindedness.
Many fear that such an act can pose a long-term threat, Cedric Prakash, a Jesuit priest and human rights advocate, said in a statement that by “assuring citizenship to all undocumented persons except those of the Muslim faith, the CAB risks … destroying the secular and democratic tenets of our revered Constitution.”
Protests across the country are taking place. Protests resumed at the city’s prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia university on Monday morning, following violent clashes on Sunday that resulted in 35 students being detained.
Incident In India. I WouLd Like To SaY…….!
For Making An Independent Country For Us.
”You Are Free To Go To Your Mosques Or To Any Other PLace Of Worship In This State of Pakistan.”
| Muhammad Ali Jinnah | 💓 pic.twitter.com/nsiO8iv6q6
— | Zain Manzoor© | ™ (@IAmZainManzoor) December 17, 2019
The leader of India’s opposition Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, accused the government of creating an atmosphere of religious tension for political interests.
“Today marks a dark day in the constitutional history of India,” Sonia Gandhi, president of the opposition Congress Party, said in a statement Sunday. “The passage of the citizenship amendment bill marks the victory of narrow-minded and bigoted forces over India’s pluralism.”
Many people took to Twitter expressing the feeling of overwhelming gratitude they feel after witnessing such injustice.
— Sᴀɴᴅʜᴜ (@YassirSandhu) December 17, 2019
Sharing the dire situations Indian students face
— Fatima. (@Ahlybait1) December 17, 2019
Some reminiscent on the good decision their grandparents took
— فریدہ قریشی (@Faridaqureshi18) December 17, 2019
— Hamza Javed🇵🇰 (@HamzaJaved_PAK) December 17, 2019
— Mohammad Waleed (@Walid_1444) December 17, 2019