In an article dated August 17, the New York Times reported that "India would prioritize in taking Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan — a move that drew comparisons to a contentious 2019 citizenship law, enacted under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that discriminates against Muslims."
India said it would prioritize the repatriation of Hindus and Sikhs from Afghanistan. The move drew comparisons to a recent citizenship law that discriminates against Muslims.https://t.co/vldjYN4ZOY
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 17, 2021
Interestingly, the NYT piece carried a tweet from CPIML politburo member Kavita Krishnan who blasted the Modi government for allegedly giving a communal colour to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan.
Ashamed that the Govt of India response now is to look at desperate Afghan refugees not as humans fleeing persecution & sure death, but from the view of whether or not they’re Muslim. That’s the Modi regime for you. pic.twitter.com/hbrZy8YrPV
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) August 17, 2021
However, what the New York Times and Kavita Krishnan had missed was a new category of electronic visa called 'e-Emergency X-Misc Visa' that was introduced by India on Tuesday to fast-track visa applications for entry into India.' All Afghans, irrespective of their religion, can apply for the 'e-Emergency X-Misc Visa' online and the applications will be processed in New Delhi, government officials had told PTI.
Even the e-visa application form doesn't have any religion column.
Once again @nytimes found grossly lying through its teeth. #India has promptly introduced an emergency e-visa for #Afghanistan nationals. No religious criteria mentioned. Apart from Hindus and Sikhs, India has said it stands by and will offer all assistance to Afghan friends. 1n https://t.co/gWl8XzPxOE pic.twitter.com/ZlXx17B2G4
— Kanchan Gupta 🇮🇳 (@KanchanGupta) August 17, 2021
The e-visa has got nothing to do with religion or CAA and is open for Afghans irrespective of any religion fleeing the nation fearing Taliban atrocities, officials from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) clarified to ThePrint.
On August18, The Wion reported that India has approved 4,600 such e-visas to Afghan nationals. However, the entire Hindu and Sikh population in Afghanistan is less than 1,000, added The Wion.
Even after all these developments, micro-blogging website Twitter is yet to take down these tweets or certify them as false.