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India should have been declared a Hindu nation: Meghalaya High Court judge

Justice S R Sen also calls Assam's National Register of Citizens defective for leaving out 'original Indians'.

Aashish Aryan  |  New Delhi 

People check their names on the final draft of the state's National Register of Citizens after it was released, at a NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon on Monday
People check their names on the final draft of the state's National Register of Citizens after it was released, at a NRC Seva Kendra in Nagaon on Monday

Nobody should try to make India another Islamic country and the Register of Citizens (NRC) was “defective as many foreigners become Indians and original Indians are left out which is very sad” are some among the many observations made by judge Justice S R Sen in a judgment on deciding the domicile of a resident of the state.

In the judgment, delivered on Monday, Justice Sen said that India was one of the largest kingdoms of the world, which was ruled by Hindu kings but the “Mughal came to India and captured the different parts” of the country.

The judge further went on to note that as Pakistan had declared themselves an Islamic nation after Independence and that India should also have been declared a Hindu nation.

“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 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,” the judge said in the judgment.

In his judgment, Justice Sen also requested the prime minister, along with other members of the Parliament to bring a law that would allow Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos who had come from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh to live in the country and be given citizenship without any question or production of any documents.

Reposing his faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Justice Sen expressed hope that the two would do the needful to prevent India from becoming an Islamic nation, which would otherwise “be a dooms day for India and the world”.

First Published: Wed, December 12 2018. 22:12 IST
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