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Based on religion, India should have been declared Hindu nation after independence: Meghalaya HC judge

Justice SR Sen’s December 10 order came on on a petition related to refusal of domicile certificate to a Meghalaya resident.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2018 23:48 IST
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Justice Sen stated that the process of updating the National Register of Citizens, which is aimed at weeding out illegal immigrants from Assam, “is defective as many foreigners become Indians and original Indians are left out”. (PTI)

In a potentially controversial order, a Meghalaya high court judge has requested the Prime Minister, home minister, law minister and MPs to pass a law that will allow Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to live in India and be given citizenship without them having to produce any documents.

“Even today in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos are tortured and they have no place to go and those Hindus who entered India during Partition are still considered as foreigners which in my understanding is highly illogical, illegal and against the principle of natural justice,” justice Sudip Ranjan Sen said on December 10.

Sen then made the request that such people from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan be allowed to live in India, as he delivered his ruling on a petition relating to the refusal of a domicile certificate to a Meghalaya resident.

The order added that Hindus and Sikhs who are of Indian origin and currently residing abroad should be allowed to come back to India at any time and granted citizenship “automatically”.

The judge said also said India should have been declared a Hindu nation.

“Pakistan declared themselves an Islamic country and India, since [it] was divided on the basis of religion, should have also been declared as a Hindu country but it remained as a secular country,” the order said.

Judge Sen directed the assistant solicitor general, government of India, to deliver copies of the judgement to the Prime Minister, home minister, law minister, governor of Meghalaya and also the chief minister of West Bengal.

“I make it clear that nobody should try to make India as another Islamic country, otherwise it will be a dooms day for India and the world. I am confident that only this Government under Shri. Narendra Modiji will understand the gravity, and will do the needful…” he said.

On Wednesday, the powerful Khasi Students’ Union “disagreed” with the court order. KSU general secretary Donald Thabah said, “The recent appeal by the Meghalaya High Court to the Prime Minister to grant instantaneous citizenship to the aforesaid groups once they seek refuge in India, which the Union completely disagrees, without taking into account all the aspects including the demographic structure of the Northeastern states of India.” The KSU leader argued that if immediate citizenship is granted to migrants, then the indigenous communities of Northeast India are bound to be wiped out.

First Published: Dec 12, 2018 21:57 IST