The Citizenship Amendment Bill has finally made its way to turn into legislation despite severe conflicts and widespread objections.
The objection to the Bill is to give citizenship to a certain category of illegal immigrants of six communities – Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis landing in India from the three neighbouring countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh and faced religious persecution. The Bill bypasses the democratic ideals of the country.
The Bill which would give citizenship to non-Muslims on certain criteria has taken the country by storm and received a huge backlash as the people of the country feel that the Bill is ‘communal’ for providing Indian citizenship to people based on religion.
Meanwhile, protests have intensified in Assam even as the Centre is getting ready to pass the Bill in the parliament by next week. The protesters burnt effigies of PM Narendra Modi, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and took out motorcycle rallies in parts of the state expressing their disagreement. The reason behind opposition from the Northeast region is that the people feel that the cultural identity will be diluted if the religious persecutions get settled in their land.
It is interesting to learn that the Asom Gana Parishad(AGP) which had pulled out of the NDA government earlier this year opposing the Bill hinted that they would not oppose it and go with the Centre’s decision.
It is said that Sixth Schedule states and states under the Inner Line Permits regime have been exempted from the Bill.
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