INDIA ENACTED CONTROVERSIAL CITIZENSHIP BILL EXCLUDING MUSLIM MIGRANTS


14/12/2019




Selin ATAY-TDO-A "bill envisioning an amendment to the citizenship law" was enacted in India, opening the way for citizenship to 6 religious groups from neighboring countries and excluding Muslim immigrants from the same position.

Lawmakers in India on Wednesday passed a fundamental change to its citizenship law to include religion as a criterion for nationality for the first time, deepening concerns that a country founded on secular ideals is becoming a Hindu state that treats Muslims as second-class citizens.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill is effectively an amnesty for all Hindus, Buddhists and Christians (as well as adherents of three smaller religions) who illegally entered the country before 2014 from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The passage of the legislation marks the latest political victory for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a strident nationalist in the mold of other right-leaning populist politicians around the globe. However, the law, seen as a step taken by India ,which is the second largest Muslim country in the world, to make 200 million Muslims second-class citizens and leave many of them stateless, has been widely criticised for deporting or jailing Muslims.

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday described the legislation as a “dangerous turn”that “runs counter to India’s rich history of secular pluralism.” It called upon Congress and President Trump to consider sanctions against Shah if the measure became law.

"The world must realize that just as the racist policies of the Nazis led to the Second World War, Modi's racist agenda and his threat to Pakistan with nuclear power would have far-reaching consequences." Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan reacts to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday.


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