‘Shaheen Bagh protest an example of dilemma between rights and duties of people’
NEW DELHI :
UNION Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday termed the Shaheen Bagh protest against CAA as an example of the “dilemma” between rights and duties of the people. “They (protesters) understand their rights but not their duties. I do not think one can achieve their rights by hijacking (blocking) a road,” Naqvi said at Indian Student Parliament event held at Vigyan Bhawan here. “We will always be caught up in confusion if we do not understand our rights and duties,” he said.
The protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), primarily by local women, started in Shaheen Bagh in mid-December and has led to blocking of a road connecting South-East Delhi areas to Noida causing daily hardships to commuters. Naqvi said fundamental rights and duties of citizens are equally important. Rights and responsibilities are two sides of the same coin and both go together. “If we have rights, we also have some responsibilities attached to those rights,” he said. “Our sisters are sitting in Shaheen Bagh for many days.
This is dilemma (kashmkash) between rights and duties,” he said, adding unless rights and duties are seen together such “confusion” will prevail. He asserted that the culture, commitment and tolerance of the majority community in India has strengthened the fabric of harmony and “unity in diversity” in the country. Some people are involved in conspiracy to create “fake fear” through “lyrics of lies” and “jingles of jugglery”.