A little past midnight on Monday, the Lok Sabha shook which heated up with debates which lasted for almost seven hours. While the whole country is sleeping tight, the Lower House of parliament has passed the Citizen Amendment Bill 2019, that seeks to give Indian nationality to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. After the nod from 311 members and 80 against it, the bill will be further produced in Rajya Sabha for approval. But the path is not an obstacle-free one with the claims to marginalise Muslims from many political analysts. But why did Citizen Amendment Bill turn debatable?
Though the ruling BJP stated the bill would free religious persecution, it started facing criticism for violating the Constitution’s Article 14, the fundamental right to equality to all persons. According to the bill, it seeks to amend the definition of an illegal immigrant for Hindu, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, who have lived in India without documentation.
Delighted that the Lok Sabha has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 after a rich and extensive debate. I thank the various MPs and parties that supported the Bill. This Bill is in line with India’s centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 9, 2019
The CAB amends the 64-year-old Indian Citizenship law, which prohibits illegal migrants who will either be deported or jailed. Which in turn started being establishing Muslims as second-class citizens of India by providing preferential treatment to other groups. This has triggered protests in the north-east of the country which borders Bangladesh. Critics say that if it is genuinely aimed at protecting minorities, the bill should have included Muslim religious minorities who have faced persecution in their own countries.
At the stroke of midnight hour, while the world slept, India’s ideals of liberty, equality, fraternity and justice were betrayed
I fought hard against it & I promise every Indian that this fight isn’t over
Don’t let hopelessness come near you
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— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) December 9, 2019