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November 26, 2020

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Gautam Gambhir says Danish Kaneria’s treatment shameful in country with Imran Khan as PM

BJP MP Gautam Gambhir says the discrimination faced by Pakistani Hindu cricketer Danish Kaneria during his playing days was “shameful”.

Speaking to reporters today, Gautam Gambhir drew a connection between Kaneria’s ordeal — first revealed by former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar — and the fact that Pakistan now has a former cricket star in the prime minister’s office. (But keep in mind that Imran Khan was not prime minister at any point during Kaneria’s international career.)

Gambhir, himself a cricket icon, described Kaneria’s treatment as the “actual face” of Pakistan.

In India, Gautam Gambhir said, people like Mohammed Azharuddin captained India for a long time despite being from a minority community.\

All this is playing out at a time when India is witnessing angry protests against the amended Citizenship Act, which was made law earlier this month.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) fast-tracks naturalisation for Pakistani, Afghan and Bangladeshi illegal immigrants from six non-Muslim minority groups who fled religious persecution in their home countries, and who entered India on or before December 31, 2014.

Protesters fear the CAA will shield non-Muslim illegal migrants identified by a pan-India NRC (the government now says there have been no talks on a nationwide register), and make a large number of Muslims stateless.

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