Is Citizenship Bill an attack on diversity of India ?
On the second last day of winter session of Lok Sabha, Union Minister Rajnath Singh introduces the Citizenship Amendment bill,2019 Lok Sabha. The bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 which gives the right of attaining citizenship to illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians. Simply, this bill is granting citizenship to all the non-muslim immigrants.
What does bill say-
1. Bill under its criterion, seeks to grant rights to above mentioned non-Muslim religious groups who migrated without documents from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
2. It provides citizenship to such immigrants after 6 years of residence in India instead of 12 years currently.
3. Bill will make all non-muslim minority immigrants eligible for citizenship who have entered India before December 31, 2014; which may violate Article 14 of the Constitution as it guarantees right to equality.
4. It also seeks amendment in citizenship act 1955 as the act prohibits illegal migrants from acquiring Indian citizenship.
But the question which it raises is that what about the Muslims??? It blatantly seems to be the anti Muslim bill proposed by P.M. Modi to boost his Hindu vote bank and completely rebuts/contradicts his reactions given on religious issues in an interview on new year. It seems to target the aim of “Hindu Rashtra” inconspicuously.
Questions which are mitigating public belief-
Although the bill was passed in the lower house of parliament sparkling the protest in Assam but it still needs the approval in Rajya Sabha. Over the protest in Assam Home Minister replied; “The Act will not be confined to Assam, migrants can reside in any State; burden of these persecuted migrants will be shared by the whole country”. but sir u must have considered the population problem which India is facing since long. Even according to the Government of India, there at least 20 million illegal immigrants in the last decade from Bangladesh alone.
It also gives a call to think over the internal security reasons which will raise with the increase in immigrants in the country. The home minister himself agrees that it will give pushback to Indian economy by stating that whole India will bear the burden. It will create the need for more jobs where according to a report by I.L.O. 18.6 million people were unemployed in 2018. The doubts it is raising is that why on the fear of an increase in unemployment and national security government is proposing such a bill? Government should at least put checks and balances by appointing a committee over the issue.