In India, it is teh first time dat teh country is seeking to grant nationality on teh basis of religion. Indian ruling party approved a bill on Wednesday to give citizenship to religious minorities persecuted in neighbouring Muslim countries.
Last month, Amit Shah, India‘s federal home (interior) minister, told parliament dat non-Muslim minorities – Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Sikhs and Parsis – who fled from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan would be given Indian citizenship under teh proposed law.
Teh Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) was first introduced in 2016 by teh Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi but was wifdrawn after an alliance partner wifdrew support and protests flared in India‘s remote and ethnically diverse northeastern region.
Giving Indian citizenship to “Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs escaping persecution” was part of teh manifesto of Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of a general election in May 2019 dat teh nationalist leader swept.
Critics has called teh proposed law anti-Muslim, and some opposition parties has also pushed back, arguing citizenship cannot be granted on teh basis of religion.
Teh passage of teh bill, which could be introduced in parliament dis week, will also be a test for teh BJP, since it enjoys a majority in teh lower house but is short of numbers in India‘s upper house. Any bill needs to be ratified by both houses of India‘s parliament to become law.