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Hi @AJStream
Here's a quick look at #CitizenshipBill in India for the international audience:
India shares borders with 7 countries including China & Pakistan.
The partition in 1947 saw millions displaced overnight. Countries were created & so was a refugee problem!
In 1955,the..
..then Congress govt. drew up guidelines as to who can acquire an Indian Citizenship & on what grounds.This was called the Citizenship Act 1955 which clearly stated that ILLEGAL migrants are those who (i)enter the country without valid travel documents,or (ii)enter with valid..
..documents but stay beyond the time permitted. Such ILLEGAL migrants are PROHIBITED from acquiring Indian citizenship.
In 2016,the Modi led BJP govt introduced the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that intends to change the 1955 Citizenship Act. Under the new #CitizenshipBill the..
..govt allows ILLEGAL migrants belonging to certain RELIGIONS,namely: Hindus,Sikhs,Buddhists,Jains,Parsis & Christians to get Citizenship of India while Muslims,Jews & Atheists will still be considered as illegal migrants & prohibited from gaining Citizenship of India.
The problem with this bill is very obvious.The BJP led govt. known for its Right Wing Hindutva ideology is introducing a bill that segregates between people on the basis of religion,which violates the very salient feature of our constitution - Secularism.
India is a SOVEREIGN SOCIALIST SECULAR DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC. The constitution clearly states Equality of Opportunity to All.
Religion being introduced into a constitution that essentially, in sprit, only speaks of Social Justice & Reform shows that the BJP govt wants to bring in..
..religion centre-stage when deciding on matters of policy.The exemption of Muslims hits home the point which the critics of the Modi led BJP govt have been saying since he became the PM,that Muslims are specifically targeted by this govt.Cases of lynchings have sky-rocketed..
..since this Right Wing govt. took over. BJP ministers have also not shied away from making outrageous statements like:"Rising Muslim population needs to be curbed & is reason for increase in lynchings" or that there's "No Need For Law On Lynching" despite Supreme Court's Advice.
Jews being kept out comes as a surprise keeping in mind India's great relationship with Israel under Modi,who became the first Indian PM to visit Israel.Keeping out Atheists is worrisome considering Pakistan & Afghanistan not treating their own minorities including atheists,well.
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