Modi on CAA

PM Narendra Modi said in Kolkata on Sunday that it was because of the Citizenship Amendment Act that the whole world knew about Pakistan’s “persecution” of minorities. “Had we not brought the amendment, there would not have been any controversy,” he said.

Modi chose the Belur headquarters of the Ramakrishna Mission, associated with Swami Vivekananda’s life and work, to launch a full-throated defence of CAA. “CAA is not about taking away citizenship, it is about giving citizenship,” he told a crowd.

The focus of his speech was “youth”. While this was because the birth anniversary of Vivekananda is celebrated as National Youth Day. The PM said a section of youth was being “misguided”. “We should tell them the truth... We’ve only done what Mahatma Gandhi had said decades ago. Should we send these refugees back to die? Are they our responsibility or not? Should we make them our citizens or not? Shouldn’t we give them equal rights as citizens of India? I am only doing what Mahatma Gandhi wanted us to do,” he said.

The Ramakrishna Math and Mission on Sunday distanced itself from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, contending that it was a strictly apolitical body which did not respond to “ephemeral” calls.

Addressing a press meet, Swami Suvirananda, the Ramakrishna Math and Mission general secretary, said, “The organisation will not comment on the prime minister’s speech on CAA. We are a strictly apolitical body. We have come here after leaving our homes to answer eternal calls. We do not respond to ephemeral calls.” He said Modi was a guest and the onus was on him on what he had spoken at the Math.

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