A woman holds up a placard during a protest against the Indian government’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in New Delhi on December 14. Photo: AFPA woman holds up a placard during a protest against the Indian government’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in New Delhi on December 14. Photo: AFP
A woman holds up a placard during a protest against the Indian government’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in New Delhi on December 14. Photo: AFP
K.S. Venkatachalam
Opinion

Opinion

K.S. Venkatachalam

Why India’s new citizenship law has sparked an outcry – even among those it sought to please

  • By excluding Muslims, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act infringes on articles of the Indian constitution which guarantee equality before the law and prohibit discrimination on religious grounds
  • The bill may have been rushed through to address Hindus rendered stateless by a register of citizens announced for the state of Assam, but has ended up angering people there

A woman holds up a placard during a protest against the Indian government’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in New Delhi on December 14. Photo: AFPA woman holds up a placard during a protest against the Indian government’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in New Delhi on December 14. Photo: AFP
A woman holds up a placard during a protest against the Indian government’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in New Delhi on December 14. Photo: AFP
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