For weeks now, protesters angered by India’s new citizenship law have held demonstrations across the country. The new law allows Hindus, Christians and other religious minorities who are in India illegally, a path to citizenship, if they can prove they were persecuted because of their religion in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. At least twenty-three people have been killed in demonstrations since the Indian parliament passed the law in December. Critics say the legislation violates India’s secular Constitution and is an attempt by Narendra Modi’s government to marginalize the country’s 200-million Muslims. The Indian Prime Minister defends his decision.
To discuss the government’s position:
- Amish Tripathi is an Indian diplomat and director of The Nehru Centre in London.
To discuss the protesters’ views:
- Asad Ashraf is a journalist and founder of Karvaan India.
- Ajit Sahi is a political analyst and expert in religious minorities.
“I see him as a monster.” The political base of India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is starting to crack as protests against a citizenship law that more and more Indians see as anti-Muslim continue to sweep the country. https://t.co/Q5zDLorV4o
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