India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, the coronavirus, and Muslim defiance By Shubham Sharma
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Anti CAA Protests
Jihad Watch : It has now been some time since the coronavirus has been dubbed a
pandemic, an imminent threat to human society.
All countries and their
citizens are coping with the virus as best they can, and trying to
defeat it at any cost. To minimise the peril, most countries have
imposed a lockdown or restricted the public from venturing out to social
gatherings. Most people are adjusting to these measures, as the
positive cases around the world are proliferating rapidly. Affluent
countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States are
working hard to mitigate the efficacy of the virus.
In Asia, fortunately, India is one of the few countries that is
coping well with the fear. The strict steps of the government have given
India the opportunity to overcome the situation. The government ordered
the shutdown of schools and colleges for a month; employees are working
from home; and public transportation is being sanitised regularly.
Indians are much aware of their incompetent health care system and the
scarcity of hospital beds. It was estimated by the Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that there is less than one
hospital bed available for every 1000 people in India. So it becomes
more necessary for Indians to avoid social gatherings and act according
to the situation.
Yet despite all these steps and regular requests of the government to
heed sweeping confinement measures, Muslims are defying the lockdown in
the name of justice. Alas, they are making the threat worse for
Indian Muslims have been protesting for the last two months against
the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which was recently passed by the
Indian Parliament. The Act provides citizenship to the persecuted
minorities of the neighbouring Muslim nations. This sparked indefensible
demonstrations across the country by Indian Muslims, who are enraged
that the Act did not include Muslim living in neighboring countries.
Many political pundits regard the Act as so completely unacceptable to
the Muslims, giving them new cause to show their rage not only over
this, but against the Babri Masjid demolition verdict and the abolition
of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. This
spurred the violence in the national capital of the Delhi, where Muslims
clashed with the Hindus. Many local reports suggest that the illegal
occupation of the roads by the Indian Muslims to show their superiority
over the Hindus eventually resulted in a deadly riot.
The concept of Muslim brotherhood is prevailing over humanity and
national security. A report unveiled by the Youth for Equality, a
nation-building organisation, reveals that Pakistan and some Islamic
jihadist groups are funding this carnage to push India into a civil war.
This organisation has shown the official resolution passed by the
Pakistani parliament, describing how to drive India to the wilderness.
The same script which was written in that document is now being
performed by these demonstrators. Furthermore, one organiser of these
protests, Sharjil Imam, was caught last month by the police for
subverting the state. His video went viral for the wrong reasons; in it,
he incited Muslims to wage war against Indian sovereignty.
Now, in the time of coronavirus outbreak, they have increased their
gatherings on the ground. Thousands of Indian Muslims are creating
mayhem and refusing to go home in order to accomplish their ends. Their
outlandish actions at the time of this deadly outbreak are plunging
India into uncertainty. These demonstrations are simply spoiling the
efforts of the government, which are widely supported by the Indian
public, to contain the virus.
Besides these demonstrations, Indian Muslims have also refused to
close Islamic shrines. Also, many of the clerics are downplaying the
fear of the virus to support this unrest, which ends up in sowing
confusion and cost lives. Nevertheless, they will find that the pandemic
cannot be palmed off as a conspiracy by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP), Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Zee News.
This time, government officials have to decide how to deal with this
shambolic jamat (group of Muslims). Political leaders also have to
consider how to defeat these insurgents. They are now threatening the
Asian continent, as the Islamic State did in the Middle East.
Shubham Sharma is an author at Asia Times. He is a Delhi based
journalist mostly reports on foreign affairs and international
relations. He has also been worked for the Courier International, Modern
Diplomacy, and Foreign Policy Times. Follow him on twitter