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Indian American community thanks Prime Minister Modi for CAA
(By our staff reporter) New York: Indian American community in New York thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for CAA. Addressing the largely attended meeting Mr Jagdish Sewhani, President of the American India Public Affairs Committee said that India today is the cusp of history. We are fortunate enough to be a witness to this. This is, as you know very well, the historic decisions that our beloved Prime Minister Narendra Bhai Modi has taken after people of Bharat re-elected him for the second term with a record margin. For the first time in three decades, a prime minister was re-elected with the majority. And I can tell you with full confidence that he has not disappointed at all.
Sewhani further said that In the first six-seven months of his second term, Modi ji has taken decisions that were like “Grahan” for the country and had been pending for decades. Abrogation of articles 370 and 35 A of the constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, which was discriminatory and fueled separatism in Kashmir. After August 5, it is now a thing of the past. Friends, today, we have gathered here to say a “BIG THANK YOU” to the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister Amit Shah for the bold decisions taken concerning the Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA that passed by the parliament and now is the law of the land.
Speaking about CAA, Sewhani said that it gives citizenship to persecuted minorities of India’s three neighboring countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan,and Bangladesh – who came to Bharat before December 31, 2014, as a refugee. And these refugees are from Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist and Christians. This great act of humanitarianism should have been done years before. But because of pseudo-secularism and vote bank politics, these refugees were forced to live an inhuman life in India. Now CAA gives them an opportunity to have a dignified life in India.
But as you are all aware, CAA along with the proposed National Register for Citizenship or NRC, is being used by our adversaries and political opponents – the Congress and left radicals -- as a propaganda tool. They are whipping hysteria, social unrest and spreading falsehood and rumor about both CAA and NRC added Mr Sewhani .
Mr Sewhani said that This is the time that we extend our hand to Narendra Bhai by challenging this propaganda and by bringing truth before the people of the country and the world. This is not for the first time that they have done this. Their only purpose is to defame India, BJP, and the Prime Minister. Let me remind you some of the events of the last six years when the same group of people has been on the forefront, holding rallies and writing editorials and columns and saying A) India’s secularism is in danger B) Minorities in particular Muslims are being treated as second class citizenship C) India is moving towards a fascist regime.
He remembers these events. It was the same propaganda then and now.
But “SATYAMEV JAYATE” Truth will prevail said Mr Sewhani. Bharat under Narendra Bhai, would emerge as a strong nation like never before. India’s Time has come. Let’s join our hands together in strengthening the hands of the prime minister. Let’s reach out to our Congressmen, Senators, elected representatives and the media to tell them the truth.
Mr Sewhani said that a delegation of Indian American community Leaders will visit India and will meet Prime Minister Modi to personally offer a deep appreciation for CAA and Abrogation of Article 370. All the Speakers said that they fail to understand the false propaganda of opposition. This CAA is about providing dignified life to persecuted people from three neighboring countries.
Others who spoke at the meeting were Dr Nirmal Mattoo , Dr Narinder Kukar , Dr Urmilesh Arya, Dr Samir Sarkar ,Ashok Vyas, Kamlesh Mehta, Sunil Hali and Dr Vijaypal Arya. Prominent in presence were Deepak Bansal, Pinky Jaggi, Jyoti Gupta,Charan Singh Gulati , Dr Nirmal Mattoo , Jagdish Sewhani, Appan Menon, Diyal singh Vohra, Standing :Sudesh Mukhi , Dr Mulchand Chugh ,
Kamal Gupta, Dr Narinder Kukar, Gobind Bathija,Dr Samir Sarkar & Ashok Vyas .
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