Kolkata’s Christian community registered their protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) though the citizenship to all persecuted Christians from neighbouring Islamic countries permitted in CAA, Dnaindia News reported.
The protest rally started from St. Paul’s Cathedral and culminated at the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road.
According to media reports, “The CAA is against the very spirit of our Constitution and infringes upon the fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution of India to its citizens irrespective of caste, creed and religion. We express our sincerest solidarity with every citizen and resident in different states of India as we are united in our diversity as one united India,” said Father Rodney.
The protest rally was taken out under the joint banner of Bangiya Christiya Pariseba and Bengal Christian Council.
Besides several priests from the Christian community taking part in the protest rally, several religious leaders from the Islamic community also turned up to support the cause. The Muslims are also took part in the rally.
The hour-long rally started at 2 pm and included priests of nearly 100 Roman Catholic Churches and leaders of Protestant Churches from the city and suburbs. Principals and teachers of at least 40 schools in the city also participated in the walk.
“The anxiety over CAA and NRC is palpable. Look at what is happening in Assam. Never did the minorities feel so threatened in their lives. Though the Christians have not been targeted as yet, there is no guarantee that they will not be in future. We fear for our schools too,” said T H Ireland, Principal of St James’ School.
Intimating to Central Government of India, MLA Shane Calvert said, “The Anglo Indians, who are all Christians, have lost their reservation in Indian Parliament and the State Assemblies. Isn’t this a clear indication that minorities are being targeted one by one? We are a small community but an influential one. We shall all remain united.”
The participants of the rally placed three demands forward – withdrawal of the CAA, stoppage of NRC and ensure the safety of minorities in India.