Citizenship and Related Issues

Citizenship amendment bill communally motivated: Activists

  1. Context: Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  2. Proposed amendment: (to the Citizenship Act, 1955) To grant citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Muslim majority countries
  3. This includes Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan
  4. Criticism: Civil Society groups- it is a communally motivated humanitarianism
  5. How? By seeking to grant citizenship on the basis of religious denomination, it is blatantly in violation of the constitution

Discuss: What are the objectives of recently introduced Bill to amend certain provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955? Point out the lacunae in the bill?

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