Under the present situation of India which is clearly in crisis both Economically and Politico-socially , the immediate question anyone could probably get is ‘what will be our future?’. India on one hand is in an alarming economic crisis which is leading to decrease in both investments , currency value and liquidity in the economy and on the other hand the very fundamental rights of the people are at halt with fear of simultaneous implementation of CAA( Citizenship Amendment Act ) and NRC ( National Register of Citizens ) and abrupt cut off of internet in important states of India by the BJP government.
People of India are on roads protesting for their rights which are given by the constitution , while the government on the other hand is implementing section 144 and cutting off internet and communication facilities instead of looking into people’s grievances.When we see the situation in a bird eye’s view , the steps taken by the government seems to be going towards a forceful and autocratic rule by a single party instead of protecting and promoting the people’s Liberty and Equality.
The government says it is going to implement CAA and NRC for the welfare of refugees of minority sections and to have a proper citizens register respectively . However , when we think in a broader sense the simultaneous implementation of CAA and NRC may lead to declaration of large chunk poor population( who are majorly illiterate Muslims and SC/STs) living in slums who usually doesn’t maintain or unaware of maintaining any birth certificates and citizenship cards as Illegal immigrants .
Knowing the probable possibility of the above mentioned problems ,people of India especially minority community people and student started protesting and they are getting strong support from students of world class universities. The very reason for this fear to build in people is : lack of transparency from the government , the strong support of BJP to Hindutva philosophy and recent steps taken by the government which are majorly against Muslims and down ridden sections of India. Here we can’t blame the people because all they are asking is to follow the constitution for which they accepted to and to give the constitutionally guaranteed rights without any arbitrary use of state machineries.
The abrupt implementation of section 144 and cut off of internet and communication facilities which led to death of protester and civilians in police fires shows the arbitrary use of State powers by the central government . In addition the recent news say that the shutdown of internet and communication facilities has costed heavily through huge damage to social life and economy.Meghalaya, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh were entirely cut off, and parts of Assam, West Bengal, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh were deprived of Internet access, in clumsy attempts to quell demonstrations. Such ham-handed interventions have won for India a place at the head of the table among intolerant countries that routinely shut down the Internet to block criticism of the government. Jammu and Kashmir is now acknowledged globally as a dark spot on the Internet, with service there blocked since August 4. After protests against the CAA began, other States are also experiencing shutdowns, and the fate of connectivity is being decided by officers empowered by the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules, 2017 under the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, or Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
More over , financial expenses of NRC in Assam , costed around ₹1,600 crores over a 10-year period and employed around 52,000 people. If the Government were to roll this out on a national scale, the cost and manpower itself would be prohibitive. We would be looking at an expense of around ₹50,000 Crore in just administrative expenses (1,600 Crore to verify a population of just over 3 Crore in Assam; so for a population of 130 crores, the administrative expense will be correspondingly higher), not exactly pocket change.With GDP growth rate being as low as 5.6 per cent , the very implementation of NRC at national level is of no reality and leads to the question that ‘why is government focusing on exercising NRC nation wide rather than trying and using the money to correct economic situation of the country ?’ or if the government is really able to find the required money to implement NRC then why is it short of reserves to stabilise economic fluctuations and increase the investments to the essential level.
Thus , the present situations of India is leading to serious doubt on towards which direction India is going? and what will be our future?