NRC draft has come as a death knell for the already dwindling common sense of opinion makers

Indian politics has seen all kinds of exhibits and if minority appeasement was considered a fatal disease affecting political judgement, the NRC draft has almost come as a death knell for the already withering grey matter of the “opinion makers”. The publication of draft NRC list has brought out all sort of reactions. From TMC chief Mamata Banerjee who predicted ‘civil war’ and ‘bloodbath’ to Congress calling the NRC a politically motivated move by the BJP, the NRC has generated a lot of heat.

Amidst all this, the journalists who exude blinding brilliance and politicians who are a poster child for nepotism took this opportune time to exhibit how common sense and education are essential.

Abusive troll masquerading as a journalist, Swati Chaturvedi chose to compare proofs required to be shown proof of residence by people in Assam to determine their nationality with the educational degree of PM Modi and Smriti Irani which have been claimed by Aam Aadmi Party supporters as fake.

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Swati, who probably attributes the figment of her fertile imagination to ‘sources’ in her ‘explosive articles’, speaking on proofs is a bit rich. Moving on to Barkha Dutt.

To her credit, Barkha Dutt does put out the disclaimer that she is not an expert on the NRC Assam. But she just compared Indians working on a legitimate work visa in the US to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh who may even have received election cards and have voted. And if for whatever reason, the United States decides to change its policies, Indians in the US on legitimate US visa will not be declared ‘illegal immigrants’. They will have to leave the country on expiry of their visa and they could either return back to India or move to another country of their choice, on a valid visa, of course.

And echoing Barkha Dutt’s views was fodder scam convict Lalu Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav.

To his credit, too, Tejashwi put out the disclaimer that he would voice his views once he examines the clauses. But he too compared Indians on legitimate and valid visas working or living elsewhere to illegal migrants.

Going by the trends, soon a narrative would be built to guilt Indians on the illegal immigrants’ issue by comparing the same with NRIs who are on completely legal documents on other countries.


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