Protesters at a rally against India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Mumbai on December 27. Wielding citizenship rights as a political tool creates a favoured class ready to further support the government’s bigoted goals. Photo: AP Protesters at a rally against India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Mumbai on December 27. Wielding citizenship rights as a political tool creates a favoured class ready to further support the government’s bigoted goals. Photo: AP
Protesters at a rally against India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Mumbai on December 27. Wielding citizenship rights as a political tool creates a favoured class ready to further support the government’s bigoted goals. Photo: AP
Samir Nazareth
Opinion

Opinion

Samir Nazareth

From India to the US, a citizenship crisis is burning across the world

  • The sinister idea of national redemption by treating some as lesser humans or insufficient citizens is taking root across democracies, from the BJP’s pursuit of an India for Hindus to Trump’s purge of immigrant families. Citizenship is becoming a privilege doled out in return for regime support

Protesters at a rally against India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Mumbai on December 27. Wielding citizenship rights as a political tool creates a favoured class ready to further support the government’s bigoted goals. Photo: AP Protesters at a rally against India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Mumbai on December 27. Wielding citizenship rights as a political tool creates a favoured class ready to further support the government’s bigoted goals. Photo: AP
Protesters at a rally against India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Mumbai on December 27. Wielding citizenship rights as a political tool creates a favoured class ready to further support the government’s bigoted goals. Photo: AP
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Samir Nazareth

Samir Nazareth

Samir Nazareth has worked in the development sector and writes on socio-political and environmental issues. He is the author of the travelogue, 1400 Bananas, 76 Towns & 1 Million People.