I met Mr. Narsing Rao (87) after a while today, and we often end up discussing contemporary Indian politics, while talking about Hyderabad and its annexation to India in 1948.
And today, he told me something that took me by surprised. "I'm thinking to take my nationality. Or maybe I should change my name to Faiz Ahmed Faiz (like the poet)," he said. I was honestly shocked, and a little surprised that solidarity came from someone his age. Why?
You see, Narsing Rao Saab was an active student leader of the Communist party of India during 1948, when the Indian army was sent to annex the erstwhile state of Hyderabad (after the last Nizam Osman Ali Khan refused to join India or Pakistan). He also happens to be the nephew of Burgula Ramakrishna Rao, Hyderabad state's first congress chief minister.
His words were a result of the present govt passing the Citizenship Amendment bill, which effectively deals with refugees on a religious basis. I won't get into the details, read it with the NRC and you'll see that basically Muslims will be turned into second or third class citizens probably.
We often forget that there's a whole generation that's still alive in India which witnessed partition and a lot of other violence during1947-48, and they know that pain. We don't. We shouldn't have to go through that again. It's not about a country, it's about being a civilized society.
Narsing Rao Saab is just one of the many people I know. The idea of India we were taught by Ambedkar and Nehru is dead. We are officially following footsteps of fascists and Nazis.
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