Protests are continuing across the country regarding the Citizenship Amendment Act. There has been a sit-in demonstration in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh demanding the withdrawal of this law for almost two months. Opposition parties alleged that the recent amendment made by the central government in this law is against Muslims. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) patriarch Parkash Singh Badal in a strong stand on secularism, said that all governments in the country whether at the Centre or in the states must ensure that they do not discriminate on basis of religion as any such bias was against the very spirit of a secular nation.
Prakash Singh Badal said, “It is a matter of grave concern that the present situation in the country is not so good. All religions should be respected. If a government wants to succeed, it will have to take minorities along. It should have all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians. They should feel as if they are all part of one family. They should embrace each other and not sow the seeds of hate.”
Prakash Singh Badal said, “The government should learn from Sikh Gurus who advocated brotherhood and socialism.” He quoted Sikh ruler Maharaja Ranjit Singh as saying, “He appointed a Muslim as foreign minister. He was not worried about votes. He understood the true meaning of secularism, which our Constitution talks about.” He further said, “It is written in our Constitution that there will be secular and democratic rule in our country. Any deviation from the sacred principles of secularism will only weaken our country. Those in power should work tirelessly to unite and protect India as a secular democracy.”