What is Citizenship Amendment Law?
The Citizenship Amendment Bill is intended to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim immigrants from all six religions of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists, under this bill amending the Citizenship Act of 1955. Illegal immigrants from selected categories will be eligible for Indian citizenship.
The bill opposes all opposition parties and religious parties, including Congress, as well as the extremist Hindu party Shiv Sena, and said the centre is trying to create a division of Muslims and Hindus in the country through this bill.
Under the Indian Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016, the 1955 rules regarding citizenship will be amended.
Under this bill, Indian citizenship will be granted to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who come to India from 3 neighbouring countries before December 31, 2014.
Political parties and citizens who oppose the bill say that the bill will give citizenship to illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, who came to Assam in March 1971 and are against the Assam Accord of 1985.
It should be noted that illegal migration to Assam is a sensitive issue as tribes and other communities here do not accept outsiders and protesters believe that the passage of this bill will increase the number of refugees in Assam.