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Citizenship Amendment Bill

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill makes it easier for non-Muslim immigrants from India’s three Muslim-majority neighbours - Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh - to become citizens of India. The fundamental criticism of the Bill has been that it specifically targets Muslims. Critics argue that it is violative of Article 14 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to equality. The government, however, maintains that the Bill aims to grant citizenship to minorities who have faced religious persecution in Muslim-majority foreign countries.


Explained: Why the President's Address matters

January 31, 2020 10:17 am

President Kovind will address Parliament today. Days ago, the Kerala Governor expressed an opinion on one paragraph of his Assembly address, prepared by the government. A look at provisions and precedents.

Understand the CAA — it is a humanitarian legislation

January 20, 2020 11:14 am

It is the declaration by some Opposition-ruled states that they will not implement CAA, not the law itself, that is unconstitutional

Virat Kohli on citizenship law: Won't get involved in something I don't have total knowledge of

January 05, 2020 2:13 pm

Virat Kohli's comments on the citizenship law came amid concern over the match being held in Assam, which was the epicentre of anti-CAA protests last month.

Tripura Police arrest 3 NLFT ultras for threatening MP who voted in favour of CAB 

January 02, 2020 9:10 am

Those arrested were identified as Fanijoy Tripura of Manikpur village in Dhalai district, Samprai Debbarma of Mandwi village of West Tripura and Kanti Marak of Khedacherra in North Tripura.

Article 370, citizenship Bill among top Google searches in India this year

December 29, 2019 7:52 am

A breakdown of Google searches in 2019 for “370”, “CAB”, “NRC”, and “Ayodhya” shows that people in almost half the states searched for “CAB” more than any other term this year.

Why I am anxious: Will my 70-year-old father, will I, find the documents to prove citizenship?

December 23, 2019 10:02 am

We would really appreciate a “don’t worry we’ll see this through” — not a “ don’t worry, you’re being paranoid”. So, the next time you see an anxious Muslim, by all means tell him/her they do not need to feel anxious. But please do so as an assurance, not a retort. Empathy is the need of the hour.

Mumbai: As anti-CAA protests continue, voices of support in Ghatkopar

December 23, 2019 1:56 am

In Malwani and Dharavi, thousands gathered to protest in the afternoon. Both demonstrations, which were organised by local groups, were attended mostly by students and working professionals.

Citizenship law strains nation’s fabric. Opposition must come together to fight it

December 18, 2019 9:23 am

The CAA/NRC is another ploy in the series of continuous diversionary actions by the government to deflect the people’s attention from their basic needs.

Granting citizenship to people persecuted for their faith does not violate the Constitution

December 18, 2019 9:27 am

If the government of a welfare state segregates people on any ground and then extends equal rights to all members of the segregated group, then that arrangement is valid under Article 14.

Those who care for democracy, freedom, secularism, equality must resist CAA

December 17, 2019 10:55 am

By discriminating between migrants on the basis on their religious affiliation, the CAA divorces India from its rich humanitarian tradition of giving shelter to whoever is persecuted.


Jamia students take to the streets in anger over CAB

December 14, 2019 9:58 am

While a protest gathering had been called by the Jamia Teachers’ Association at 2 pm, a march, by the university students, was to begin at 3 pm. The plan was to walk from Jamia’s gate 7 to Parliament, roughly 11 km away.

Assam witnesses violent anti-CAB protests, hundreds detained

December 13, 2019 7:04 am

Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill intensified Wednesday in the northeastern states with the administration imposing a curfew in Guwahati till indefinite period.

North-East Bandh: Agitators clash with security forces in Assam, train services affected

December 10, 2019 4:08 pm

The Citizenship Amendment Bill is a contentious issue in Northeast India with influential socio-political groups and political parties holding it as a threat to the interests of the indigenous communities of the region.


Thousands gathers in Assam to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

June 22, 2020 6:04 pm

More than 5000 people gathered together to oppose the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at a protest organised by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), backed by 30 indigenous organisations.