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Protests in Assam against Citizenship Bill. Source: Mohammad Belal Shaikh Hussain

LOK SABHA passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on January 8 this year triggering widespread protests in north east India. 

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

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.

Most partners of BJP in north east have threatened to move out of the alliance if the bill becomes law. All eyes will be on Rajya Sabha as it takes up the bill for discussion soon.

This short video explains the topic in 30 seconds. 

 

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