A report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) says that bringing the revised Citizenship Act (CAA) with the National Register of Citizens (NRC) being planned by the Narendra Modi government “may affect the status” of Muslim minority in India, a report by US Congressional Research Service (CRS).
The report came out on December 18. It states that for the first time in the history of independent India, the country’s citizenship process has been linked to religiousness. The CRS is an independent search unit of the US Congress, which periodically prepares reports on domestic and global issues, so that MPs can make informed decisions. However, this cannot be considered the official report of the US Congress.
This is the CSR’s first report on a modified citizenship law. It said, “In tandem with a National Register of Citizens (NRC) planned by the federal government, the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act) may affect the status of India’s large Muslim minority of roughly 200 million.”
According to the CAA, there is a provision for granting Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees located in India from December 31, 2014 to avoid religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
A two-page report from the CRS states, “India’s Citizenship Act prohibits the making of citizens of 1955 illegal immigrants. Since then there has been a lot of research into this law, but none of it has a religious aspect. “
The CRS claims that some of the major provisions of the research, such as permitting citizens of three religions to leave citizenship in three countries, violate certain sections of India’s Constitution, especially Article 14 and 15.
It said, “proponents sy that the muslims do not face the persecution in Pakistan,Bangladesh or Afganistan and that the CAA is constitutional because it addresses migrants rather than the citizens. However, it is not yet clear why tourists from other neighboring countries have been excluded. In addition, the Muslim minority communities such as Ahmadis and Shia of Pakistan do not have any protection under the CAA. ”