Coupled with NRC, CAA could be dangerous: US Congress

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Published April 22, 2024 at 12:26pm

    CAA was enacted earlier this year

    US Cong feels it could endanger Muslims

    Timing of its implementation also under question

A recent report from an independent research arm of the US Congress has raised concerns over certain provisions of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), suggesting they may be in violation of the country’s Constitution. The CAA, which was enacted earlier this year after clearance by Parliament, offers a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who are non-Muslim and arrived in India before December 31, 2014.

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The report highlights worries that when coupled with a proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), the CAA could potentially endanger the rights of India’s Muslim population. Critics fear that the BJP government’s focus on protecting migrants from certain religions while excluding Muslims could undermine India’s secular foundation and international human rights norms.

The timing of the CAA’s implementation, coinciding with the BJP’s national re-election campaign, has raised eyebrows among observers, with some suggesting political motivations behind the move. Critics argue that by prioritizing specific religious groups, the CAA could institutionalize a form of ethnic democracy, diminishing the status of minority communities in India.

The Biden administration has expressed concerns over the CAA’s implementation and is closely monitoring the situation. However, India has brushed off criticism, asserting that the CAA is aimed at granting citizenship and reassuring that no citizen will lose their citizenship as a result of this legislation.

Coupled with NRC, CAA could be dangerous: US Congress

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    CAA was enacted earlier this year

    US Cong feels it could endanger Muslims

    Timing of its implementation also under question

A recent report from an independent research arm of the US Congress has raised concerns over certain provisions of India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), suggesting they may be in violation of the country’s Constitution. The CAA, which was enacted earlier this year after clearance by Parliament, offers a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan who are non-Muslim and arrived in India before December 31, 2014.

Also Read: Lok Sabha Elections 2024: War of words between Siddaramaiah and Deve Gowda over ‘Chombu’ campaign

The report highlights worries that when coupled with a proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC), the CAA could potentially endanger the rights of India’s Muslim population. Critics fear that the BJP government’s focus on protecting migrants from certain religions while excluding Muslims could undermine India’s secular foundation and international human rights norms.

The timing of the CAA’s implementation, coinciding with the BJP’s national re-election campaign, has raised eyebrows among observers, with some suggesting political motivations behind the move. Critics argue that by prioritizing specific religious groups, the CAA could institutionalize a form of ethnic democracy, diminishing the status of minority communities in India.

The Biden administration has expressed concerns over the CAA’s implementation and is closely monitoring the situation. However, India has brushed off criticism, asserting that the CAA is aimed at granting citizenship and reassuring that no citizen will lose their citizenship as a result of this legislation.

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