Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Protests in Assam against Citizenship Bill. Source: Mohammad Belal Shaikh Hussain

The Citizenship Amendment Bill has sparked protests across the country but its most violent ramifications are currently being seen in Assam and Tripura

LOK SABHA passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill triggering widespread protests in north east India, especially Assam and Tripura. 

The bill changes definition of illegal migrants by providing citizenship to non-Muslims coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Many opposition parties and experts called it attack on secular character of the Indian Constitution.

It also reduces mandatory continuous stay in the country to obtain citizenship by naturalisation from 11 years to six years. North east people fear influx of outsiders and loss of indigenousness with these new rules.

This short video explains the topic. 

 

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