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India passes controversial anti-Muslim Citizenship Bill

India’s lower house of Parliament has passed a bill to marginalize the Muslims of the country.

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  • Citizenship Amendment Bill has deeply unsettled the 200 million Muslims of India.
  • Anti-Muslim sentiments have become deliberately more mainstream and public under the leadership of Modi.
  • Except for Muslim immigrants, this initiative will give all South Asian migrants a clear path to Indian citizenship.

Bill

On Tuesday, India’s lower house has passed a bill to marginalize the Muslims further. This is a major step for Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist agenda.

Except for Muslim immigrants, this initiative will give migrants of all South Asia’s major religions a clear path to Indian citizenship.

The bill was passed by the lower house, Lok Sabha, where the vote was 311 to 80. However, looking at the latest situation, it seems that Modi has enough allies. Most analysts predict it will soon become law.

This Citizenship Amendment Bill has deeply unsettled the 200 million Muslims of India.

“We are heading toward totalitarianism, a fascist state,” said Asaduddin Owaisi, a Muslim lawmaker. During his speech, he dramatically tore up a copy of the bill in the Parliament. He further added, “We are making India a theoretic country”.

Anti-Muslim sentiments have become deliberately more mainstream and public under the leadership of Modi.

In recent years, terrorization and attacks against Muslims have increased whereas; Hindu devoutness and nationalism have become fundamental in Indian pop culture and politics.

“There are Muslim countries, there are Jew countries, and everybody has their own identity. Moreover, we are a billion-plus, right? We must have one identity,” said Ravi Kishan, a famous action-film hero and Member of Parliament who is a central supporter of the citizenship legislation.

Indian Opposition:

The leaders of the opposition Indian National Congress party believes that the bill is a danger to India’s democracy.

Furthermore, Rahul Gandhi said, “India belongs to all communities, all religions, all cultures.” Shashi Tharoor, the party’s intellectual heavyweight, called the bill an “all-out assault on the very idea of India.”

Moreover, Prime Minister Imran Khan also condemned the controversial. PM Imran said, “The legislation violates all norms of international human rights law and bilateral agreements with Pakistan”.


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