December 27, 2019

Modi Hardens Stance Against Protesters Who Hold the Line
(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has set itself on a collision course with those protesting against a new religion-based citizenship law, leading to fears of deepening polarization across the country at a time when the economy is sputtering.At least 25 people have been killed, scores more injured and thousands detained as tens of thousands of people across India have taken to the streets to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, pushed through parliament on Dec. 11.Days after attempting to allay fears over the citizenship drive at a rally in the capital, Modi and his ministers doubled down on Wednesday. He blamed the demonstrators for the vandalism that took place during two weeks of nationwide protests. Those who were misled and caused damage to public property “should sit at home and ask themselves if their path was right,” he said an event in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow. He did not comment on the allegations of widespread police brutality.The law bars undocumented Muslims from three neighboring nations seeking Indian citizenship while allowing people of other faiths to do so. Taken together with a proposed national register of citizens the new law is seen as a way for Modi’s Hindu nationalist government to discriminate against India’s Muslim minority.“This new law and the resulting protests could have major political, reputational, and economic costs for a government that until recently was enjoying a relatively smooth ride,” said Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center in Washington, who has closely researched India’s politics over the past decade. “The longer the protests go on, the more reputational risks there are for a government keen to attract foreign investment,” Kugelman said, adding he does not expect “a happy and quiet ending” as there is anger on both sides.Growing FearsPeaceful protests will continue as long as the new citizenship law is not withdrawn, said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “Do not fear anybody,” Press Trust of India quoted Banerjee as saying at a rally on Thursday. “I warn the BJP not to play with fire.”On Friday thousands of people marched in several places, including New Delhi and Mumbai. In New Delhi gatherings of more than four people were banned in some areas and at least one metro station was shut down to control the spread of demonstrations.Hundreds of women in the working class, largely Muslim neighborhood of Shaheen Bagh in India's capital, braved chilly winter temperatures and sat on the roads in protest on Thursday. The women, some nursing their infant children, have been part of the demonstration since Dec. 15. Thousands of people across faiths have been joining their sit in and providing food and blankets.“How can we let our rights go like this? We will sit here till Modi answers us and take back the plan for national citizenship register,” said Sahiba, who gave just one name. “We women have never been on roads like this.”Their fears only grew when the government announced on Tuesday plans to allocate funds to create a National Population Register. The move has been widely criticized by the opposition, which sees it as a precursor to countrywide citizens register that, along with a new citizenship law, is driving the angry protests.While the government denied any links between the two processes, in July 2014 Kiren Rijiju, the then junior home minister in Modi’s cabinet, told Parliament the government had decided to create a citizens registry based on the information collected under the national population register.Government CrackdownThe massive demonstrations have been the first real test Modi has faced in his six-year rule, and the government has struggled to contain them.Civil society groups and human rights activists have begun gathering independent accounts of some of the worst reports of violence, especially from Uttar Pradesh, which is ruled by the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath, a hard-line monk who promised earlier this week security forces would extract “revenge” from protesters who caused any damage to public property.The government, especially in states where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is in power, has cracked down against all protests. In many areas, the administration has banned the gathering of more than four people and cut mobile internet connections. “The state is at open war with a segment of its citizens,” Harsh Mander, a human rights activist and former bureaucrat told reporters at a press conference organized by several NGOs in New Delhi on Thursday. He said security forces in UP had used “violence at an unprecedented scale” including firing stun grenades inside the campus of the Aligarh Muslim University.(Updates with new details in the seventh paragraph. An earlier version corrected the spelling of Bharatiya Janata Party in the penultimate paragraph)To contact the reporters on this story: Bibhudatta Pradhan in New Delhi at bpradhan@bloomberg.net;Upmanyu Trivedi in New Delhi at utrivedi2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ruth Pollard at rpollard2@bloomberg.net, Muneeza NaqviFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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