Historian Ramchandra Guha on Friday launched a scathing attack on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), calling it a result of hatred.
“This government in Delhi is animated, above all, not by love of Hindus, not by pride in Hinduism, but by hatred and fear of Muslims," Guha said in a panel discussion - 'Citizenship, identity & migration' in Bengaluru.
Guha’s comments come amid relentless, nationwide protests against the CAA, cutting across society lines.
The Centre has been making attempts to allay concerns over the CAA and the NRC. It has maintained that the CAA is only aimed at fast tracking the citizenship of persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and the Muslims of the country will not be discriminated against in any way if and when it compiles an NRC.
Critics of the Act, however, say that there should be no discrimination on grounds of religion while granting citizenship to the persecuted.
Other panelists included feminist activist Madhu Bhushan, Malini Bhattcharjee, senior advocate Ravi Verma Kumar among others.
Noted author Shashi Deshpande said the unique feature about the protests was that politicians have been kept away. “The Constitution has become a rallying point for the protests."