Pune: On Thursday, Urmila Matonkar, compared the Citizenship Amendment Act to the infamous Rowlatt Act of the British era while speaking at a protest against CAA and NRC, organized on the occasion of the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Bhavan memorial in Pune.
Urmila further said that Mahatma Gandhi was a true follower of Hinduism and the person who shot him dead (Nathuram Godse) was also a Hindu. “History would remember both the Rowlatt Act and the Citizenship Amendment Act as black laws,” she said and alleged that the CAA was against the poor and “it is challenging our Bhartiyatva. “Therefore, we will not accept this law,” she said.
It is notable that the Rowlatt Act or Black Act, was a legislative act passed by the Imperial Legislative Council in Delhi on 21 March 1919, indefinitely extending the emergency measures of preventive indefinite detention, incarceration without trial.
It was the Rowlatt Act which brought Mohandas Gandhi to the mainstream of Indian struggle for independence and ushered in the Gandhi Era of Indian politics. The British government passed the infamous Rowlatt Act which gave enormous powers to the police to arrest any person without any reason whatsoever.