Chicago: Indian Americans across the USA celebrated the defeat of a Chicago resolution sponsored by city councilor of 49th ward Maria Hadden and backed by Council of Islamic Relations (CAIR), an organization with dubious records.
Resolution R2020-583 proposed by the Chicago City Council classified the Indian Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) passed in December 2019 as discriminatory.
Dubbed “the sugar coated cyanide pill” by Chicago Indian Americans, the resolution started off by congratulating India for its democracy and Independence Day but soon moved to vicious and denigrating clauses.
In an 8 month long battle the Indian American community pulled all stops to counter the apparent lies that the organization behind the maneuver, CAIR, was spreading around to clueless Councilors.
Excited and relieved Indian Americans’ efforts paid off when 26 Councilors voted against the resolution, saying we have more pressing things closer home to take care of. Only 18 voted for it, ensuring that the resolution was soundly defeated and not tabled again.
“Instead of caring for her own 49th ward, an approximately 10 Square kilometer area Maria Hadden is spending all her time in a symbolic and non-binding resolution that is bent on scolding India, the sole democracy and refuge for persecuted peoples in that part of the world,” said Amitabh Mittal who heads the Indo US Friendship Council in Chicago.
“Indian Americans are busy contributing to the American economy as doctors and engineers and Space scientists. They are too busy to be aware of either the CAA or the fact that Progressive Left members of the Democrat City Councils are tabling these resolutions,” said Vandana Jhingan to a TV Channel that interviewed her recently.
“The resolution is called “symbolic” and “non-binding” and contains many inaccuracies based on misstated allegations by vested parties. However, it has repercussions not on India but the Indian Americans in the USA, who have suffered hate crimes recently in cities like Seattle and in California. They also face the consequence of a divided community and the prospect of a factually incorrect resolution staying in the city’s historical records,” said Bharat Barai, an oncologist and stalwart of the Indian American Community for the past 40 years in Chicago. The 8 month long fight was supported by elders like him who served as guiding spirits uplifting the volunteers.
Independent of the volunteers, the Indian Consul General Amit Kumar also worked in his own capacity, approaching the sponsoring group of city councilors, educating them on the oft maligned and misquoted Indian laws like CAA and Article 370 and Farm Laws.
Unfortunately about 7 cities have passed these nefarious resolutions sneakily, behind closed doors under the quiet of the COVID 19 crisis. A big fight was put up in Seattle and St. Paul but these cities passed the resolution despite knowing the facts on the matter, clearly indicating political machinations.