Thursday, December 26, 2019

"We Are Not Born To Face Lathis And Bullets": Arundhati Roy On Citizenship Protests

"He(Modi) told the lie knowing that it will be caught. He lied because he has the media with him": Arundhati Roy 'We Are Not Born To Face Bullets': Arundhati Roy On Citizenship Protests Arundhati Roy

New Delhi: Author-activist Arundhati Roy on Wednesday claimed that the National Population Register (NPR) will serve as a database for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and asked people to oppose the former by giving wrong names and addresses.

Addressing protestors at Delhi University, Ms Roy also claimed that the NRC was against the Muslim population.

"They will visit your homes, take your name, phone number and ask for documents like Aadhaar and driving licences. The NPR will become database of NRC," Ms Roy said.

"We need to fight against it and have a plan. When they visit your home for NPR, and ask for your name give them some different name. For address say 7 RCR. A lot of subversion will be needed, we are not born to face lathis and bullets," she told the protesters.

Ms Roy accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of lying at his rally in Delhi. He had said that the government never said anything about the NRC process and that there are no detention camps in the country.

"He told the lie knowing that it will be caught. He lied because he has the media with him," she said.

Ms Roy said that those protesting against the amended Citizenship Act and the NRC need to work for getting a "proper commitment" from various states that they will not implement these measures.

She alleged that after widespread protests in the country, the government has been trying to push the provisions of NRC and CAA through NPR.

Alleging that Muslims are being attacked and oppressed by the police in Uttar Pradesh, Ms Roy said, "Attacks are taking place on Muslims in UP. Police are going house to house ransacking and looting."-ndtv

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