2019-12-18 11:39:33

Why India’s New Citizenship Bill is Sparking Mass Outrage



Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Soumya Shankar, who reports on electoral politics and social movements with a South Asia focus. She teaches journalism at Stony Brook University in New York. Her work has been published in The Intercept and other publications.

Mass protests have broken out in cities and states across India in response to the passage of a controversial anti-Muslim bill called the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The Hindu Nationalist prime minister Narendra Modi has called for calm and unity after his party ushered in the bill offering non-Indians from neighboring nations citizenship only if they are not Muslim. So far at least half a dozen people have been killed in protests that have been met by a violent crackdown from the police. India is home to 200 million Muslims who remain a minority.

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