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India’s New Citizenship Law

Citizenship Amendment Bill heralds a Hindutva Rashtra

Amjed Jaaved

With an utter disregard to concerns shown by international community as well as a number of opposition parties as well as of sane voices, though scant in today’s India, the Indian parliament approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 which became an act after got the President’s nod on December 12. The controversial Act aims to provide citizenship to those who had been forced to seek shelter in India because of religious persecution or fear of persecution in their home countries, primarily Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It, therefore, amends the 1955 Act to grant exemptions to illegal migrants from these communities, who reached India on or before December 2014. In the instant write-up, the author has analysed this law from various perspectives to impart a clear understanding of it to JWT readers.

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