Act before it is too late

Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act or -CAA protests are still going on across the country. There have been reports of clashes between anti- and pro-CAA supporters in Delhi. The violence over this act has been reported from across the country. Many have lost lives and properties. There is fear among the Muslim communities that the CAA specifically targets them. Under this act, minorities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians from countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be given Indian citizenship. The all-women anti-CAA protest at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi has inspired several others. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, after the declaration of Delhi election result, had offered to talk to the protestors at Shaheen Bagh.
The women too had agreed to the proposal and even attempted to meet Shah. However, there is no further development. The offer of talks seems to have been mere formality. The home minister did not exhibit any kind of sincerity to talk to the protestors. This is really unfortunate. The government of India is failing to listen to the voice of those who are protesting against the CAA. A large section of the population is feeling insecure and it is a great tragedy that the government of the day is least bothered about addressing their concern. The more they delay holding talks with the protestors, the more it will lead to uneasiness and bitterness. It is time that the government rises to the occasion and holds discussions with the anti-CAA protestors.