Indian citizenship law:
Indian lawmakers approved legislation to give indian citizenship law to immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. But not if they are Muslim.
Critics of the government said the law hurts the country’s secular constitution. Protests against the law have intensified in some parts of the country.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and also Sikhs who fled from three countries before 2015.
The upper house of parliament passed the bill on Wednesday night, 125-105. The lower chamber approved it on Monday. Now it needs to be signed by the country’s formal president, which is a formality before it becomes law.
The indian citizenships bill was introduced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government following his overwhelming election victory in May. He said it was a historic day for India. Also, that the law would “relieve the suffering of people who have been persecuted for many years”.
Presenting the bill in the upper house, Home Minister Amit Shah said it was not anti-Muslim as it did not affect the existing path of citizenship available to all communities.
Several members of the opposition, who discussed the bill in parliament, said. It would be challenged in court. “Today is a dark day being celebrated in the constitutional history of India., said Sonia Gandhi of the Central Opposition Congress Party.
“The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill signifies the victory of narrow-minded and biased forces over India’s plurality.”
The US Commission on International Religious Freedom criticizing the bill. Criticizing it for “going against the secular majority of India and the rich history of the Indian Constitution”.
State Department spokesman Ravish Kumar says that the statement of the US Commission is neither correct nor guaranteed.
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