Those who have limited understanding of India…Ministry of External Affairs takes a tough stand on US interference in CAA

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The Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 has come into force across the country from March 11. Concern was expressed on this from America, to which India gave a clear reply.

New Delhi. After the US State Department commented on the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA), India’s Foreign Ministry has lodged a strong objection in this matter. The Foreign Ministry has made it clear that this is India’s internal matter. There is no need for interference by any foreign country in this. US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller had earlier said that we are concerned about the CAA that came into effect from March 11. We are closely monitoring how this act will be implemented. Respect for religious freedom and equal treatment under the law for all communities are fundamental democratic principles.

Reacting to the US reaction, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said that the Citizenship Amendment Act is an internal matter of India and is in keeping with India’s inclusive traditions and our long-term commitment to human rights. This Act provides safe haven to persecuted minorities belonging to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who have entered India on or before 31 December 2014.

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CAA does not take away anyone’s citizenship
Randhir Jaiswal further said, ‘CAA is about granting citizenship, not taking away citizenship. It addresses the issue of statelessness, provides human dignity and supports human rights. As far as the US State Department’s statement on the implementation of CAA is concerned, we believe it is incorrect, misinformed and inappropriate.’

Those who have limited understanding of the traditions of India…
The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said, “The Constitution of India guarantees religious freedom to all its citizens. Any concern over the treatment of minorities has no basis. Vote bank politics should not determine the view of a laudable initiative to help people in distress. There should be no attempt to lecture those who have limited understanding of India’s pluralistic traditions and the post-partition history of the region. India’s partners and well-wishers should welcome the intent with which this step has been taken.”

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