Kolkata, January 12 (narendramodi.in): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who visited Belur Math in Kolkata on Saturday and Sunday on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda Jayanti and National Youth Day, said here that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not a law to take away citizenship, but to grant citizenship.
He said that it is his responsibility to convince every youth, satisfy them about the CAA and clear confusion in their minds about it. The CAA is just an amendment to ease granting the citizenship of India to those who were tortured and oppressed due to their religious faith in post-partition Pakistan.
Many leaders including Mahatma Gandhi had also endorsed this in their time.
“Apart from this, even today, a person of any religion, whether or not he believes in God… whoever believes in the Constitution of India, can take citizenship of India under the prescribed procedures,” the Prime Minister said.
His Government has also made provisions for the adverse effect on the demography of the North East due to the CAA.
“Despite such clarity, some people are constantly spreading confusion about Citizenship Amendment Act for their political reasons,” Modi said.
“If not for the controversy sparked by this amendment in the citizenship law, the world would not even know what crimes have been committed on minorities in Pakistan”, the Prime Minister said.
“Indian culture and the constitution expect us to fulfil our duties as citizens, our obligations with honesty and full dedication. The duty of every Indian should be equally important. And following this path, we will be able to see India in its natural place on the world stage. This was the expectation of Swami Vivekananda from every Indian and this is also at the core of this institution. And all of us are also taking a resolution to make his dreams come true,” Modi said in conclusion.
(The featured image at the top shows Prime Minister Modi with the monks of the Belur Math)