The legislation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act may have given some political edge to the BJP in West Bengal but the ruling party at the Centre is unlikely to get any electoral gains in Kerala. Unsurprisingly, this newly enacted law which grants citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants is expected to be the utmost electoral issue in West Bengal, Assam and Kerala that go to the polls in 2021. The BJP may be hoping to wrest power in West Bengal and yearning for a second term in Assam, but in Kerala, the Act will face the first test during the three-tier local body polls next year.Various Muslim organisations and political outfits which are already peeved at the final verdict of the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya are now up in arms against the contentious law which, they say, deliberately discriminates against Muslims. People from Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come to India till December 31, 2014 from Pakistan, … [Read more...] about Will BJP gain from citizenship law in State?
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Video PlayerClose NEW DELHI, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- As violent protests against recently passed Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) flared up in India's northeast, the United States, Britain and Canada have issued travel advisories to their citizens to "exercise caution" while travelling to the region. "U.S. citizens in the northeastern states of India should exercise caution in light of media reports of protests and violence in response to the approval of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Government curfews are in place in some areas. Internet and mobile communications may be disrupted. Transport may be affected in various parts of the region. Protests have also been reported in other parts of the country. The U.S. government has temporarily suspended official travel to Assam," reads an advisory issued by U.S. embassy in India. Canadian and British governments have also issued similar advisories. Massive protests rocked three northeastern states of India - Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya … [Read more...] about U.S., Britain, Canada issue travel advisories to citizens against visiting India’s northeast
By Shantanu Nandan Sharma It is 11 am on Thursday (December 12) and Guwahati is under curfew, imposed by the state government to curb the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). A small group of protesters defy the curfew and attempt to gather at Guwahati’s Latasil playground — a venue for sporting events as well as Bihu celebrations. Police act quickly and push the crowd back. Soon, another group emerges from a bylane to join the first group. The protesters refuse to budge despite police’s appeal. The law-enforcers lathicharge. But a third group, fourth and a fifth group come from the bylanes to join the main group outside the ground. Police fire tear gas shells to disperse the crowd streaming in from the bylanes. Within half an hour, protesters’ numbers swell to around 8,000, forcing the security forces to step back. The crowd now manages to enter the Latasil ground. A helicopter and a drone are pressed into service to monitor the defiant … [Read more...] about What lies ahead for Assam which is steadfastly, and often violently, protesting the new citizenship act?
By Arun Anand The latest amendment to the Citizenship Act is being wrongly projected as anti-Muslim and affecting the interest of the original residents of the Northeast. These misconceptions have partly arisen due to a lack of understanding of the issue. Then there has been a deliberate campaign to spread disinformation on this. A look at some of the key facts related to this issue would help in doing away with such misconceptions. First, this amendment is not aimed driving a wedge between Hindus and Muslims. This amendment is based on the historical evidence that shows dramatic reduction in the number of minorities in three of our neighbouring nations that have declared themselves as Islamic nations. It is a well-documented fact by several international organisations, including the United Nations, that in the theocratic states of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the religious minorities Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Parsis — have been persecuted for decades. The Muslims in … [Read more...] about View: India has a moral responsibility towards religious minorities
Patna: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has assured Janata Dal (United) vice-president Prashant Kishor that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will not be implemented in the state, according to a party functionary who did not want to be named. Faced with pressure from his party leaders following his tweets against the JD (U)’s decision to support the amended citizenship act, party national vice-president Kishor met Kumar on Saturday evening, apparently to clear the air on his remarks.The functionary quoted above said Kishor offered to resign from his post, but was turned down by the CM.In Assam, NRC was mandated and monitored by the Supreme Court. The claim of every Assam resident was verified with these legacy documents. Close to 33 million people applied and the final list published on August 31 excluded 1.9 million people. Emerging after two-hour long meeting at the CM’s residence, Kishor evaded questions on his resignation. … [Read more...] about Kishor meets Nitish, discusses NRC