US presidential hopeful Joe Biden has wandered into a swamp where UK’s Labour Party leader and defeated prime ministerial candidate Jeremy Corbyn’s ankles got stuck and he could never recover. The Democrat nominee wants India to «restore the rights of Kashmiris», and is disappointed over the Citizenship Act and rolling out of National Register for Citizens in Assam. According to ‘Joe Biden’s agenda for Muslim American community’, a policy paper posted on his campaign website, CAA and NRC are inconsistent with India’s long tradition of secularism. This is the US election year and there are roughly 4 million Indian-Americans in the country, an increasingly influential community.
That Biden has regardless blundered into this sensitive and surcharged ground of Indian politics shows how much sway global Islamist and far-Left forces hold on certain Western parties and individuals. The Narendra Modi government on 5 August, 2019, corrected a historic mistake by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru of giving special status to Kashmir. Biden’s stance on the CAA is both facile and hypocritical. The CAA has been brought to fast-track citizenship for six minorities – Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis – in three Muslim-majority nations in India’s neighbourhood where these minorities face systematic killings, blasphemy laws, rapes, conversions and land grab.
And the CAA does not stop a Muslim from any of these countries to apply for Indian citizenship under the regular laws. Even in the case of the NRC, Biden reveals terrible double-standards.
Is Biden suggesting that the Lautenberg Amendment makes America less secular and should be scrapped?
Biden has walked into the very troubling territory. Indian-Americans, who enjoy growing clout and have assimilated themselves with the American mainstream by hard work, respecting the host culture, and contributing economically, will not take this lying down. They take an active interest in Indian politics, work for the well-being of not just their host country but also their mother nation. They will see through Biden’s attempt.
With his latest utterances, Biden has not only got on the wrong side of facts, but also a big part of the voting population.
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