Pakistani Hindus, who went to India, expose the reality of Modi's citizenship law

To benefit from Modi's law, last year, Nanak Ram, a Hindu, left his home in Mirpur Mathelo in Southern Pakistan, intending never to retur

When a separate Muslim homeland was created in 1947, millions of Hindus stayed in Pakistan. At the time of independence, 20 percent of Hindus populated Pakistan. However, the numbers kept declining, and now only 1 percent of Hindus live in Pakistan with little access to housing, jobs, and government welfare.

In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi\’s Hindu nationalist government introduced a citizenship law. The new legislation laid out a path for Hindu migrants to legally migrate from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. The law acted as a refuge for Pakistani Hindus and drew them across the border. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan estimated that around 8,000 people migrated to India in the past five years.

To benefit from Modi\’s law, last year, Nanak Ram, a Hindu, left his home in Mirpur Mathelo in Southern Pakistan, intending never to return. However, within weeks of living in a village in the state of Rajasthan, Ram realized that he and his 13 family members had made a colossal mistake when they crossed the border to join the \’supposed\’ Hindu paradise.

Explaining why, Ram said:

We were hated for being Pakistanis. What made matters worse was that I came from a family of Dalits, who rank at the lowest end of India\’s ancient caste hierarchy.

Thus, after being a victim of severe caste-based discrimination, Ram returned home to Pakistan to join the majority of Hindus residing in the province of Sindh.

Looking back at life in Rajasthan, India, Ram\’s wife, Ram Devi, said:

My family remained locked in a house for almost a year, with little access to food or water. It was like living in jail. When we landed in Pakistan, it felt like we were freed from prison.

It should be noted that India banned caste-based discrimination in 1955. However, these incidents state that the centuries-old biases against lower-caste groups still persist.

Along with Nanak Ram and his family, many Hindus have returned to Pakistan disappointed over the years.

Prem Singh, a poor farmer from Ghotki in Sindh province, moved to India last year only to return after eight months. He said:

When people would come to know that we were Pakistani, their attitude would immediately change.

Ram Singh, a farmer from Diplo in Pakistan\’s Tharparkar desert, sold his land and moved to Morbi city in Indian Gujarat. He had a similar story to tell:

When I went (to India), we were locked in our homes and could not move even to see relatives in other parts of the state.

Asad Iqbal Butt, the Sindh chief of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said:

The local police took away migrants\’ passports and other travel documents upon their arrival in India. When people thought of returning, they did not have the papers to travel back. When they applied for asylum, they failed, and lawyers minted their savings.

The mysterious deaths in India of 11 members of a Hindu migrant family residing in a farmhouse in India\’s Jodhpur district in Rajasthan state in August further strengthen the migrants\’ claims.

It should be noted that the dead migrant\’s family accused India\’s secret service of the murders.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share with us in the comment section below.

  • Firstly, the statement, that Pakistan had 20 percent Hindu population at the time of independence, should be further elaborated that we included erstwhile East Bengal province’s population in the total. Hindu population percentage in West Pakistan remained more or less stable till date.

    Secondly, our track record vis-a-vis minorities is not good either. A great deal of introspection needed in this regard.

  • I hope that these Hindu fmailes which return from india should be able to tell the world that india is hell for lower caste Hindus as they are living a much better life in Muslim Pakistan compare to hindu india where dailat girls rape and killed daily they don’t have any respect on society

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