A.I.M. ORGANIZES PROTEST RALLIES AGAINST INDIA’S CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT (CAA) and NATIONAL REGISTER OF CITIZENS (NRC)
In December 2019, the BJP government in India using its majority in parliament, enacted two new laws that are very discriminatory against the Muslims of India. These laws are the CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT (CAA) and the NATIONAL REGISTER OF CITIZENS (NRC). These new laws provide fast track Indian citizenship to minority citizens belonging to various religions who live in 3 of India’s Muslim majority countries (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan) but may remove the Indian citizenship of Muslims who may have been living in India for long as citizens, but cannot furnish documentary evidence that they and their ancestors were born in India.
A strong nationwide movement and agitation against these two new laws erupted all across India in mid-December 2019. Supporting those very justified movement, the Association of Indian Muslims of America (AIM) began a similar movement in Washington DC in mid-December 2019. AIM held several well attended protest rallies, in cooperation with other Indian-American organizations, in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington DC on December 22, December 28, 2019 and January 26, 2.020. Also on February 1, 2020 AIM in cooperation with other organizations held a Gandhian style Satyagrah Peace rally to register the Indian community’s protest against these two very harmful laws. Media reports and event photos of those events shown below.