Shashi Tharoor, a senior Congressman, called the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) “fundamentally anti-national” on Friday and asked the government not to adopt it.
The CAA, which allows persecuted non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan to apply for Indian citizenship, was enacted by Parliament in 2019 and has sparked demonstrations across the country.
Following the government’s announcement that the three farm laws would be repealed, some have called for the CAA to be repealed as well.
Mr Tharoor wrote, “The #CAA is profoundly anti-national, and I urge the government not to implement it.”
The CAA’s goal is to offer Indian citizenship to persecuted minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, and Christians.
People from these communities who arrived in India before December 31, 2014 as a result of religious persecution in their home countries would not be considered illegal immigrants and will be granted Indian citizenship.
After the CAA was passed by Parliament, the country was engulfed in protests. Those who oppose the CAA argue that it discriminates against people of faith and violates the Constitution. They further claim that the CAA, in conjunction with the National Register of Citizens, is aimed towards India’s Muslim community.