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A tale of two demands -Srinivasan Ramani

-The Hindu Dr. Singh and the CPI(M) demanded citizenship for Bangla refugees, but not on the basis of their religion During the debate on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), 2019, BJP Rajya Sabha MP, J.P. Nadda, alluded to comments by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2003 asking for grant of citizenship to minorities who have faced persecution in Bangladesh. He said the government was only implementing this demand. Is the government’s...

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How many immigrants will benefit from Citizenship Act? 25,447 Hindus, 5,807 Sikhs, 55 Christians, two Buddhists and two Parsis, says Intelligence Bureau -Devparna Acharya

-Firstpost.com * A total of 31,313 persons belonging to minority communities, including "25,447 Hindu, 5,807 Sikhs, 55 Christians, 2 Buddhists and 2 Parsis" will be immediate beneficiaries of the amended Citizenship Act * In a parliamentary committee report of 2016, the Intelligence Bureau told the panel that those from the minority groups will have to prove that they came to India due to religious persecution A total of 31,313 persons belonging to minority...

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As Citizenship Act criticism grows, first BJP ally dissents: JD-U says it doesn't support NRC -Santosh Singh & Vishnu Varma

-The Indian Express NRC with CAB is dangerous, discriminatory, says Prashant Kishor after meeting with Nitish Kumar. The JD(U) is the first BJP ally to come out openly against the NRC. Kochi, Patna: JD(U) vice president Prashant Kishor said on Saturday that party chief Nitish Kumar is against the nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise planned by the central government. JD(U) national spokesperson K C Tyagi confirmed that the party — a...

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Question & Answer: Citizenship amendment law explained -Apurva Vishwanath & Kabir Firaque

-The Indian Express The newly passed amendment to the Citizenship Act redefines the way migrants from three countries can become Indian citizens, linking this to their religion. What are the concerns about it nationwide, and why has it faced such fierce resistance in Assam? How does it relate to government’s plans for an all-India NRC? The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) became law after receiving the President’s assent on Thursday, following a bruising...

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If Parliament passes the Citizenship Amendment Bill, India's constitutional structure, as we know it, will lose its soul -Harsh Mander

-The Indian Express The CAB-NRC poses the gravest threat to India’s secular democratic constitution since India became a republic, and must be fought with a nation-wide civil disobedience movement. The contours of this struggle need to be worked out by We the People. Despite being under constant siege, the edifice of India’s Constitution has endured so far. The onslaught has intensified since the expanded mandate to the Narendra Modi government in May. However,...

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