Controversial journalist Barkha Dutt may have found her answer in ‘activist’ Harsh Mander. As Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was tabled in the Parliament yesterday, Dutt called for a modern day Mahatma to come forward and ‘fast unto death’. ‘Activist’ Harsh Mander has now come as her ‘Mahatma in shining ainak (glasses)’.
Taking to Twitter, Harsh Mander said that as part of his ‘civil disobedience’ he will officially register himself as a Muslim (as against conversion, we wonder how that would work) if the CAB is passed.
If CAB is passed, this is my civil disobedience:
I will officially register Muslim. I will then refuse to submit any documents to NRC. I will finally demand the same punishment as any undocumented Muslim- detention centre & withdrawn citizenship.
Join this civil disobedience
— Harsh Mander (@harsh_mander) December 10, 2019
Harsh Mander said he would refuse to submit any document with regard to NRC and will “demand the same punishment as any undocumented Muslim – detention centre & withdrawn citizenship” from government for being a ‘registered’ Muslim. He urged others to join him in his ‘civil disobedience’.
Following his bizarre activism, twitterati could not control themselves from mocking Mander and his pointless activism.
Salam alaikum Harshuddin miyan! Aap se guzarish hai ki aap bhaad mein jaane ki taiyari karein!
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) December 10, 2019
Some even mistook his activism as real and thought he meant embracing Islam when he meant being a ‘registered’ Muslim (we still wonder what that would mean) and offered him help to convert.
Good luck! I’ll help you find the nearest Mosque to register your Kalima — which assures one that all Devi-Devatas are false and there is no other god but allah – the same allah who discriminates against the entire humanity and puts non-Muslims into perpetual hell!
— #HindaviSwarajya – देश देव धर्म (@rahuldewan) December 10, 2019
Others were quite encouraging.
— घुमक्कड़ 🇮🇳 (@wandererlko) December 10, 2019
While others had amusing, yet legit, questions.
— Ashok Shrivastav (@ashokshrivasta6) December 10, 2019
While many were able to see through his agenda.
He is saying this only because he knows that the bill is not against Indian muslims. If he really wants to protest then he should officially register as a pakistani, and then refuse to submit documents. https://t.co/KaVCyOV7wE
— * (@BhagwaanUvacha) December 10, 2019
The Lok Sabha on the intervening night of 9th and 10th December passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill tabled by Home Minister Amit Shah. The same is expected to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, 11th December.