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India passed ‘controversial’ CAA law

India Asia (INL): Amidst protests across India, the Government of the BJP has gazetted for the ‘controversial’ Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The Narendra Modi government on Friday night said the law was implemented by a gazette notification. The new citizenship law has been implemented since then. News by Times of India. For the first time, the passage of the law on citizenship in India on the basis of religion created controversy around the country. The protests started, and several people died. On 11 December 2019, the country’s most controversial citizenship amendment bill was passed in Parliament. The Gazette states that according to sub-section (2) and section-1 of the Citizenship Amendment Act-20, the government declares that the law goes into effect on 10 January 2020.

The new citizenship law calls for granting citizenship to non-Muslims living in the country from neighboring Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Non-Muslims who arrived before December 31, 2014 will not be declared illegal immigrants and will be granted Indian citizenship. Earlier, 1906657 people were excluded from the Assam Final Citizens List (NRC). Most of the excluded are Muslim. Just because they are Muslim, they are struggling to be expelled from India. Attempts to expel them from India simply because they are Muslim.

What is the CAA citizenship law?

According to the BBC information, the citizens of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian people coming from Muslim major Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh will be given citizenship if they can prove their religion. Under the new law, they can apply for citizenship if they have been living in India for 6 years or if they have job in India for 6 years. By 2024, a nationwide list of citizens was announced to identify and remove every intruder from India. Since then, concerns over the law have increased. The National Citizens Register (NRC) has already been released in the northeastern state of Assam, resulting in the disqualification of around 1900,000 people.

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