Subramanian Swamy, one of India’s foremost public intellectuals and Rajya Sabha member of BJP, spoke on Citizenship Amendment Bill for less than 5 minutes but cleared all the ‘legal’ doubts related to the amendment.
The opposition has repeatedly raised Article 14- Equality before law (The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India Prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth) – to argue that this amendment is illegal and the Supreme Court of India will disprove of this amendment.
But, Swamy reminded the opposition about Article 11
Swamy reminded the opposition about Article 11, which gives the Parliament solemn authority to decide on the matter of citizenship. “Parliament to regulate the right of citizenship by law Nothing in the foregoing provisions of this Part shall derogate from the power of Parliament to make any provision with respect to the acquisition and termination of citizenship and all other matters relating to citizenship PART III FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS General,” reads the Article 11 of the constitution.
Swamy is among the best legal minds of the country, and he has not lost a single case in the court, even against lawyers such as Ram Jethmalani.
Swamy also reminded the Parliament about the Congress party, back in November 1947, passed a resolution to grant citizenship to refugees from Pakistan. After that, he said, “The amount of illiteracy in Congress is unbelievable” to which Parliament burst into laughter”. He also reminded the Congress party about the statement of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was a member of the upper house from Assam, said in the house that the refugees from Bangladesh should be granted citizenship.
He also reminded the Congress party about the memorandum submitted by former Chief Minister of Assam- Tarun Gogoi- to Manmohan Singh in 2012, pleading that the religious minorities from countries like Bangladesh should be given citizenship.
Previously, Subramanian Swamy had suggested a noble idea to solve the crisis of illegal Bangladeshis.
Swamy said, “India should tell B’Desh: Take your people back who are illegally in India or give us back in proportion our land we gave to you in 1947 to settle Muslims who did not want to live in India then.” He also said, “The partition was on the basis, originally the English created partition for two countries, a Muslim ruled Pakistan and a Hindu ruled India but that Congress party was the representative and they said no ‘we will have a secular government’ and those Muslims who wants to stay in India, they can stay in India, so a certain proportion stayed in India.”
Swamy further added, “Now those who went to Pakistan and Bangladesh, now want to come back to India, then why did we have a partition at all? So, if you want to continue with the partition then people who have come illegally to India that proportion we should get in the land back because it is our land. We gave it so that Muslims can stay there now Muslims want to stay in India so the land also must be taken back.”
Subramanian Swamy’s is among the finest intellectuals of the country, and he has a very simple solution to almost every complex problem.