India Passes Citizenship Amendment Bill Barring Muslims from Becoming Citizens

India has introduced a new law re-determining who qualifies for citizenship. In a way, the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) is a legal manifestation of growing sentiment in India that says to be Indian is to be Hindu. Both this law and mindset clash with India’s setup as a supposedly secular government.

Context Around CAB

On Monday, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a statement raising concerns for India’s citizenship bill. The USCIRF statement also said, “if the CAB passes in both houses of parliament, the United States government should consider sanctions against the Home Minister and other principal leadership.”

On Wednesday, the CAB passed in the lower house of parliament. Then on Thursday, it passed in the upper house of India’s parliament, too.

BBC News reports that previously, India’s laws prevented illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan from becoming Indian citizens. The CAB changes this while increasing uncomfortable pressures against Muslims in the country.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Bethann Flynn