India’s Assam shuts down over plans to amend citizenship law

Source: Al Jazeera

The government plans to make it easier for Hindus, Buddhists and Christians to get citizenship while excluding Muslims.

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Critics say the ruling BJP is trying to turn an issue of undocumented immigrants into a an issue of Hindu vs Muslim [Abdul Gani/Al Jazeera]
Critics say the ruling BJP is trying to turn an issue of undocumented immigrants into a an issue of Hindu vs Muslim [Abdul Gani/Al Jazeera]

Guwahati, India – Fresh unrest simmers in parts of the northeast Indian state of Assam following a shutdown on Tuesday in protest against proposed changes to a controversial citizenship law that purportedly aims to differentiate between immigrants on the basis of religion.

The ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government plans to amend the citizenship law to make it easier for Hindus, Buddhists and Christians from neighbouring countries to gain Indian citizenship.

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