2019-12-18 12:54:16

How India's new anti-Muslim law fits into Narendra Modi's Islamophobic agenda

Protests against India's new anti-Muslim law in dozens of cities across the country have been met with police violence since the bill passed in parliament on Dec. 11.

At least six people have died, with four people shot by police in the northeastern state of Assam, and student demonstrators in New Delhi have been brutalized by troops deployed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The citizenship law, which is Islamophobic.  Allows people from six communities in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Pakistan a path to citizenship in India without any mention of Muslims, reflects the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's "complete Islamophobic agenda," says Neha Dixit, an award-winning independent journalist.

The BJP and its parent organization, the RSS, are rooted in Hindutva or making India into a Hindu country. This law is the latest policy since Modi's election in 2014 that represents "a step forward in that direction," says Dixit, who has been covering the protests in New Delhi.

"We are not a democracy. We are only a democracy for the privileged, upper-caste Hindu in this country, and none of the other communities that have existed in India for so many years."

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