We, as a nation, are split today in terms of opinions on the Citizenship Amendment Act. But if we thoroughly read the new act which is available for all of us to peruse, it provides a home to the religiously persecuted minorities who fled their native non-secular countries to India in search of peace and life.
The Citizenship Amendment Act allows Hindus, Christians, Parsis, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs who were persecuted on the base of their religion in our three neighbouring countries, namely Pakistan, Afganistan, and Bangladesh. The act does not apply to the majority of the said neighbouring countries as they were not religiously persecuted in their home countries. The act is designed only to make them religiously
The Citizenship Amendment Act is silent on the refugees of Sri Lanka, Burma, and Myanmar. Because of this amendment, a total of thirty thousand refugees will get Indian citizen citizenship immediately who crossed the border on or before 31 December 2014 and faced religious persecution. For those who came after the date will have to live as a refugee in India for atleast six years before applying for citizenship.
As the Indian constitution is based on secular principles, there has been a violent outrage in the country. But we need to calmly understand that the bill is not against any particular religion and nor does it aims to harm anyone. The bill which has now been rendered into an act was a part of BJP’s promise to help persecuted minorities seeking refuge in India.
It’s a request not to pay heed to whims and baseless fake facts, understand the entire matter from the core and then form an opinion.