The Big Picture – Citizenship Amendment Bill



Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said he had no reason to continue in his post if he could not protect the interest of the people of the state. He was interacting with the editors of print and electronic media in Guwahati on the prevailing situation in the state following the recent visit of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. A key amendment in the Bill seeks to grant citizenship to people without valid documents from six minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India. On this edition of ‘The Big Picture’ we take a closer look at the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

Guests – A.K. Bhattacharya, Editorial Director, Business Standard,
Rajendra Agrawal, Chairperson, Joint Committee on Bill to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika, Director, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, Trina Roy, Program Officer, PRS Legislative Research

Anchor: Frank Rausan Pereira

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32 thoughts on “The Big Picture – Citizenship Amendment Bill

  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Not to mention the fact that Assam has already been carrying the burden of illegal Bangladeshi for the last few decades. And Government have proved impotent in solving this serious issue. In simple words, we cannot bear the burden of Bangladeshi migrants anymore, irrespective of their religion.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    I think one point is everyone missing is…
    Why are considering some specific group?

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Why the Assam government hasn't added Muslim….
    It is a religious factor…which presented in form of a bill….don't discriminate someone on the name of religious ……..

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Everyone is talking about article 14 of the constitution no one is talked about schedule 5th and 6th of the constitution as most of the tribal communities are also present in the north eastern states it would also impact these tribal communities

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    I strongly oppose the citizenship ammendment bill 2016 ,, অসমে ১৯৭১ ৰ পিছত অহা কোনো হিন্দু হওঁক মুছলমান হওক বিদেশীৰ বোজা নলয়।

    জয় আই অসম

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Hindu or Muslim -India is only for INDIAN..Already overpopulated.India can never be developed country if outsider are allowed anytime,anywhere.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Please give some insight on what is the stand of the international community on illegal migrants because this is a problem that a lot of countries must be facing in the middle East and other war prone areas too..??

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Why doesn't islamic countries who care about each and every muslim on earth accept them? There are is past and present history of islamic radicalisation, emotions aside – we need to deport muslim illegals ASAP before we put our country in danger. Rohingya in Jammu have already been found to be involved in terrorist activities. When our neighbouring countries are prosecuting minorities on the basis of population, we have to accept them on the basis of religion. Harsh reality.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    The Bill is indeed discriminatory and problematic in limiting accelerated citizenship to non-Muslims. As the case of the Rohingya highlights, Muslims in neighbouring countries who are fleeing persecution are being denied refuge in India currently.
    The NRC (National Register of Citizens) puts the onus on migrants to prove their status of residence prior to 1971 based on a series of documents that would lead to registration as a citizen.There is the question of modalities of deportation, which would involve negotiations with Bangladesh. The Centre needs to apply much more thought before pushing the Bill, for its contradictions in Assam and for its larger religious assumptions.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Every person must be deported according to assam accord irrespective of religion we r indigenous people don't drag us in hindu category don't u dare to treat assam as dumping ground for people from pakistan Afghanistan bangladesh or any other place it will create violence

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    If the amendment bill is giving citizenship rights to minorities of three countries- Pakistan afghanistan and Bangladesh..then what wrong did rohingyas do?
    Government might even give rohingyas the citizenship of India as they are the minorities of Myanmar..

    Giving citizenship rights to "illegal migrants" is itself saying illegal..how can it be a right!?!?

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    why does the NDA Government never try to adhere to the Constitution, and bring such violated laws ?! Every member of the BJP and associated groups are merely "Headless Chickens".

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Government should stop demographic inversion in sensitive north and northeastrn states

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    I think the suggestion that Bangladesh must be kept out of bill is good. Because Population of North East states are less and if Hindus from Bangladesh will be granted citizenship then it will affect their culture and traditions. Although Bangladeshi immigrants are residing in large number in West Bengal also but same problem not arising there because may be culture of Bangladeshi immigrants and local West Bengal is similar.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    If you don't pass the Citizenship Amendment law, the illegal non-muslim Bangladeshi will go back to Bangladesh and return as muslims. And then we will not be able to stop them, because muslims don't divide on language. They can easily take up any language as there mother tongue. I have seen live examples. See the bigger picture! Betraying Non-muslims today! 2nd Kashmir tomorrow!
    Also, These people are skilled and work with mere income. Who will do the business work, and stuffs in the northeast?
    P.S. My name is already in the 1st draft of NRC list.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Its basic Root lies in the Partition of India. Since India was broken in 2 nations.

    Pakistan was made as Islamic Republic (Muslim Majority).

    Some how lot of migration happened since 1947 (Non Muslims Migration)

    To accommodate these (Non Muslim migrants) I thinks this change in bill required.

    That's why this bill was drafted with the way to accomodate to NON MUSLIMS only.
    (FROM PAKISTAN/FORMER EAST PAKISTAN (Bangladesh)/AFGANISTAN.

    For ASSAM 1985 Accord ,they need to take care of this accord.

    This could be done by a single way if they exclude BANGLADESH from the list.

    NRC will work for NON ASSAMESE illegal Migrants from Bangladesh.

    But then Bengal would be again under crises of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

    So the main reason behind this bill be accomodations of Migrants.

    Not deportation of Migrants.

    And ASSAM Accord and this BILL would have different Targets.

    ASSAM ACCORD- Deportation of Migrants
    BILL CHANGE- Accomodation of NON MUSLIM Migrants(taking care of India's Partition 1947)

    Constitutional Problams of This Bill

    Article 14
    Article 15
    Article 21

    Conclusion –

    JPC team need to review the bill and it's applicability across India.
    Since it has conflicts with FR (Aliens effective) 14,15,21 this bill itself becomes invalid.

    Need to find the way as per Constitution.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    इस बिल के पीछे का कारण यह है कि उत्तर पूर्वी राज्यों में पहले भारत की मूल कम्युनिटी ज्यादा रहती थी े लेकिन क्योंकि इललीगल माइग्रेंट की वजह से ज्यादा से ज्यादा वहां पर मुस्लिम कम्युनिटी बांग्लादेश से आए तथा इनमें वे राज्य शामिल है जिनकी बांग्लादेश से सीमाएं लगती है
    एक कारण और जो कि राजनीतिक है नॉर्थ-ईस्ट की कुछ पॉलिटिकल पार्टियों ने अपने इलेक्शन के फायदे के लिए ज्यादा से ज्यादा बांग्लादेश के नागरिकों को अवैध तरीकों से नागरिकता दे दी प्रॉब्लम अब यह है कि जो नॉर्थ ईस्ट में जो रियल पॉपुलेशन थी जो वहां के मूल निवासी थे जो कि सालों से इन राज्यों में रह रहे थें उनकी जनसंख्या अवैध बांग्लादेशी नागरिकों से भी कम हो रही है तथा उत्तर पूर्व में जो रोजगार मिल रहा था लोगों को तो वह रोजगार अब बांग्लादेश से आए हुए इल्लीगल माइग्रेंट ने ले लिया तथा ऐसे लोग जो इलेक्शन में वोटिंग करने के लिए आते थे वह अब वही बस गए हैं उन लोगों को पोलिटिकल पार्टीज की वजह से उन्हें अब वहीं पर बसा दिया गया तथा अब वह लोग जो उत्तर पूर्वी राज्यों के जो नागरिक थे अब उन नागरिकों को रोजगार नहीं मिल पा रहा है एक और समस्या यह है कि जो बांग्लादेश के लोग हैं जिनको रोजगार मिल चुका है और अब इतने सक्षम हो चुके हैं कि वहां हमारे देश मूल नागरिकों के लिए है कष्टदायक हो गए हैं ऐसा लगता है कि ना केवल हिंदू बल्कि ऐसे मुस्लिम जो कि हमारे देश के मूल नागरिक है सब के सब अल्पख्यक होने की कगार पर हैं
    लेकिन जो भी हो गवर्मेंट को असमानता नही करना चाहिए
    And government must focus on illigal migrants to shift again to Bangladesh
    And also government should not move against the unconstitutional
    And should try in different ways and make people aware for humanity and humanism ans secularism not anti religion
    If government sucess in it then there will be no need to amend citizenship bill

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Art 15 : Right to equality is not provided to foreigners, it is available to only Indian citizens.
    The govt should amend it to "persecuted minorities in their native country" and that would allow Ahmedias and Balochis to seek shelter an avoid persecution. Even Gajendra Singh Shekhawat acknowledged it in one of his quora answers.

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    All were unequivocal in their statements except jpc chairperson. Frank also has upped his game by asking only D relevant questions. Thanx rstv

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  • May 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm
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    Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 – seeks to grant citizenship to people without valid documents from six minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residence in India. It is controversial because
    1. bias and claim on the basis of religion.
    2. violate Assam Accord of 1985 (which not allowed the citizenship right for people who migrate illegally after 1971 census).
    The opposition is justified because Article 14- Right to equality is not meet by the Amendment bill, constitutional validity is question.
    Article 14- the state shall not deny to any person equality before the law or equal protection of the law within the territory of India. It doesn't talk about Indians.
    Article 21 – No person shall be deprived of his life ( life for liberty ) except the due process by the law. No nationality is mention here. So, whatever the bill may be, it cannot be violate the basic tenets of the constitution.
    Problem of illegal migrant cannot be handle by a bill which is base on religion. Notion of statelessness will be the big issue in future.

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