Citizenship and racist violence - in India, the UK and Germany
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India’s new Citizenship bill has effectively made Muslims second-class citizens. It grants citizenship to members of 6 religious communities – but explicitly omits Muslims. Historian Mukul Kesavan says the bill is "couched in the language of refuge and seemingly directed at foreigners, but its main purpose is the delegitimisation of Muslims' citizenship".
The hysteria around the bill whipped up by Narendra Modi’s right wing BJP government has encouraged the anti-Muslim pogroms which are still taking place. As mobs have so far killed over 40 people, the police have stood by and taunted the victims of racial violence.
India is not the only country where citizenship is being used to encourage racism. In 2018, the UK government deported 164 People of Colour to the West Indies. All were British citizens. At least 11 of them have since died abroad. In February 2020 there were more deportations, again of black Britons, some of whom were born in Britain.
What is happening in India, and how can it be stopped? How is the racist street violence connected to the right wing government? Is the rise of racist violence part of an international phenomenon – such as Britain, or Germany where Fascists are taking over the main opposition party, the AfD, and a racist gunman just killed 9 people in 2 Shisha bars in Hanau?
To try to address these questions, the Berlin LINKE Internationals have invited Jagat Sohail of Berlin for India and British anti-racist activist Antony Hamilton to our next meeting on 23 March. Its in the Roter Laden (Weiden Weg 17) at 7pm, and everyone is invited to join the debate.