Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 28 said it is the responsibility of the Indian government to give citizenship to the people who have been persecuted in the name of faith in the neighbouring countries including Pakistan.
Speaking at the National Cadets Corps Rally in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said that it is necessary for the youth of the country to know the truth about the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Since independence, independent India has promised Hindus-Sikhs and other minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan that they can come to India if they need to, he said,
The PM added that this was also the wish of Mahatma Gandhi, this was also the spirit of the Nehru-Liaquat agreement in 1950.
In these countries, people who were tortured because of their faith, it is the responsibility of India to give them asylum, give them citizenship of India. But thousands of such people were turned away,” Modi said.
“In order to stop the historical injustice done to such people, today our government has brought Citizenship Amendment Act, giving citizenship of India to such people to fulfil the old promise of India,” the PM said.