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.