Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant has introduced a resolution to express solidarity with Seattle’s South Asian Community regardless of religion, caste and to oppose India’s National Register of Citizen (NRC) and Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
While introducing the resolution, Sawant said that CAA and NRC are the policies of the far-right government. Talking about the India’s new citizenship laws, Sawant told this correspondent that “these are policies of the far-right Modi government will strip 200 million Muslims of their Indian citizenship, in addition to others in the country.” Sawant said “Modi has a long track record of promoting violence and discrimination towards Muslim people, women, members of the LGBTQA community and the poor and the lower caste,” adding that “his policies use xenophobia to drive right-wing demagoguery much like Donald Trump.”
She said Seattle’s South Asian community has requested that the city council speak out on this issue, “because, it is the duty of ordinary people to oppose the dangerous rise of the far-right everywhere in the world.”
She said the rapidly building authoritarianism of the Modi government in nuclear armed India is of concern, not only to the millions of Muslims in India, but also to Seattle’s s immigrant South Asian Muslim community.
But on the other hand, Sawant said that there is a large part of the community in Seattle who are pro-Modi and are holding counter protests using “a lame line” that the opinions against the CAA are misguided.
The resolution was scheduled to be voted upon during the city council’s meeting on Jan. 21.