indica News Bureau-
Indian-Americans living in Chicago braved sub-zero temperature to come out in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act on January 4. More than 300 NRI’s held a rally in downtown Chicago to extend their support to the new act framed under the leadership of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to the newly enacted act, CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 following religious persecution there will be given Indian citizenship. The act however, does not mention anything for Muslims from these countries and the Sri Lankan refugees who have been living in India since decades.
One of the organizers of the rally, Dr Bharat Barai, an Indian-American, said, “A freezing temp of -1C was not able to dampen the gathering of more than 300 Indian diaspora. They came with colourful and meaningful placards, slogans, banners and flags of USA and India. Their message was loud and clear”, The Hindu reported.
The participants of the rally signed a supporting the CAA and thanking the Indian PM and his government for taking the humanitarian decision to help the religiously persecuted minorities in three neighboring countries. The participants also ensured that the memorandum reached the Government of India through the Consul General of India in Chicago.
It’s reported the Indian diaspora in the United States organized rallies in Atlanta and Seattle, California to support CAA..
The pro-CAA demonstration in Seattle was held by a group of 40 Indian Americans, who carried placards and posters reading CAA inclusive not discriminatory’ and ‘CAA supports persecuted minorities.’
In Atlanta, a group of 100 people gathered outside the CNN headquarters to show their support for the legislation, carrying Indian flags and placards that read ‘NRIs support Citizenship Amendment Act’ and ‘CAA is pro-India.’