Protests continue against the CAA, NRC and NPR across the country. People have been taking to streets against this law in many places. Social and religious institutions have also started raising their voices against the contentious laws. Khanqahs of Bihar too took a significant step in this regard and held a meeting on February 19. During the meeting, it was unanimously decided that all the Khanqahs will raise their voice against this law.
A Khanqah is almost like a dargah, a building designed specifically for gatherings of a Sufi brotherhood is a place for spiritual retreat and character reformation.
The meeting was held at Khanqahs Diwan Shah Arzan Dargah Road, Patna. In which members of about 14 Khanqahs participated. After the meeting, a statement was issued in which an appeal was made to the Nitish government to not implement the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). It said that CAA, NRC and NPR are discriminatory and demanded that the constitutional structure of the country should not be tampered with. “We reject this law completely,” the statement said.
Regarding NRC, it said that “today a large section in Assam is upset due to NRC. Therefore, we do not want this disaster to take place across the country and especially in Bihar.”
The current situation of the country is not hidden from anyone. Every citizen is feeling the heat of the agitation and uproar it has caused in the entire country. The Khanqahs have always stood with the people and will make every effort to support them, the statement read
“Our constitution had assured us that we would be able to live with confidence in its safe folds. But by implementing the CAA and the NPR and now that the Home Minister talking about implementing the NRC, there are persistent attempts to harass the people and tamper with the Constitution. The atmosphere in the country is bad at this time and attempts are being made to tamper with the Constitution.”
The statement also read that secularism is the soul of our country and the government should not in any way decide anything on the basis of religion. Such actions contradicting the secular spirit of the country amounts to a crime.
The leaders of Khanqahs will meet again on February 26 to further discuss the issue and will prepare their strategy and then address a press conference to put forth their stand.