Rajnikant on CAA | Says it is not a threat to Indian Muslims

February 5, 2020: Actor Rajinikanth on Wednesday said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not against Muslims.

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Rajnikant on CAA | Says it is not a threat to Indian Muslims

February 5, 2020: Actor Rajinikanth on Wednesday said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is not against Muslims. If any Muslim is affected he will lead the protests, he said. Making his stand clear on the law that has triggered protests across the country he also termed the National Population Register "essential". 

"They (the government) have explained clearly that because of the Citizenship Amendment Act there won't be any problems for Indian citizens or their citizenship. The question is whether to grant citizenship to people coming into India from neighbouring countries. People are stoking fear that it is threatening Muslims. How is it a threat to Muslims? Do you know how much rights Muslims have here?" he said about CAA.

"How will Muslims who chose to stay back in India following Partition be sent out of the country?" he added.

Referring to extended protests across the country against the CAA, Rajinikanth said that political parties are provoking Muslims to protest. "Some political parties are provoking Muslims for their own benefit. Some religious leaders are also going with them, which is very wrong," he said.

Advising the protesting students to read and inform themselves thoroughly before engaging in protests, the actor said that otherwise politicians will look to use the students for their own benefit. "Without doing this you protest, the problem will be for you because we don’t know how the police will react. And if any FIR is registered against you, your life will be gone. So please take care of it," he warned the students.

Stating that NPR is essential, Rajinikanth added that it is nothing new. "The Congress has done it in 2010 and it has been done in 2015 as well. In 2021 it has to be done for the population. Shouldn’t we know who are all citizens of India, who are all from outside India?" he asked, adding that he doesn’t know why people consider it problematic.

Defending the union government's takes on the NCR, Rajinikanth said that it has not been implemented yet and that the government is 'just thinking about it'. He also added that a full picture of the same will be clear only after reading the drafts and the proceedings of the issue.

The superstar also said that Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who have lived in India for the past 30 years must be granted dual citizenship.

This is the first time Rajinikanth has taken a stand around the CAA, NPR and NRC amidst widespread protests against the same across the country.

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