Q3: How many times Citizenship Act has gone through amendments so far?
A: After, its enactment, the "Citizenship Act 1955" has gone through 9 amendments.
After: exemption given to 6 minority groups from 3 countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh & Pakistan - they will not be treated as ‘illegal migrants’ even if not having valid passport or visa (provided came before 31/12/14)
Before: the qualification for naturalization (citizenship) requires that the person should have resided in India (or in service of government of India) for "not less than 11 years" out of last 14 years in which last 12 months shall be continuous.
This has led to an organised persecution for religious minorities which has continued till date.
Religious persecution by its very own nature is very inhumane where horrendous cruelties are inflicted on a minority group just because they belong to a different religion :-(
New amendment is seen as,
-an open invitation to all Hindus to settle in India
-even though govt has put a cut off date of 31-Dec-2014, people will use all scrupulous means to present their case with back dated documents
-such cases are not in 100s or 1000s but in millions
I will present Government's response and possible remedies of this issue in the next thread.