A National Convention was held at the Gandhi Peace Foundation (GPF) in Delhi on October 05, 2019 to remove sanctions imposed on Kashmir and restore democratic freedoms in the valley. The convention’s speakers also objected to Amit Shah’s attempt to create a communal fear of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Terming the right of citizenship as a fundamental right, the speakers said that citizens cannot be toyed with this right and political bread cannot be baked on it
The speakers also said that after the final list of Assam NRCs, the problems of the 19 lakh people who have been declared foreigners should be resolved immediately. He emphasized that no citizen can be declared state-wide because of government negligence or mistake. Held jointly by the National Convention for Freedom and Dignity SIO, United Against Hate, APCR, Fraternity Movement, PUCL Delhi, ICLU, PVCHR and Correctional Reserve Sangharsh Samiti. was done
In the first session of the convention, a documentary entitled “Stateless: Conventional Story of New India” was released and screened in Assam, discussing the NRC process. The documentary highlights the disturbing current of Assamese citizens who have been declared foreigners. It also explains the problems and flaws in the legal process.
The process of updating the NRC list has given extraordinary powers in the hands of civil servants, resulting in numerous complaints being lodged against them. It is for the first time in history that a state has put its own 1.9 million citizens at stake through a simple process. This day will be remembered as a dark day for citizens’ rights in India. Advocate HR Chowdhury (Assam), Nadeem Khan (UAH), Labid Shafi (National President SIO) and others addressed the audience in this session.
In the second session, a report based on the analysis of the first parliamentary session of the new Modi government came into effect. This report has been prepared jointly by the Center for Educational Research and Training (CERT) and SIO. This report summarizes all the bills that were presented in the first parliamentary session. It reviews the performance and ambitions of the government, particularly education, security, human rights and the economy. This report was released by Professor Manoj Jha (Member of Parliament). In this session Dr. Ghazala Jamil (Professor Jawahar Lal Nehru University), Sohail K (Director Quill Foundation), Advocate Abdullah Azzam (Former President Aligarh Muslim University Students Union) and senior journalist Anil Chamdiya greeted the audience.