‘Violation of Indian Constitution…’ US Parliament releases report on CAA

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Washington. A report released by an independent research unit of the US Parliament claimed that the provisions of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) implemented in India this year may violate some articles of the Indian Constitution. CAA has been implemented in March this year by amending India’s 1955 Citizenship Act.

The ‘In Focus’ report of the ‘Congressional Research Service (CRS)’ claimed that the key provisions of the CAA may violate some articles of the Indian Constitution. Under the CAA, non-Muslim immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who came to India before 31 December 2014 will get citizenship.

The Indian government and other supporters of the CAA have claimed that its purpose is purely humanitarian. The Indian government has rejected the criticism against the CAA, saying that it should not be called “vote-bank politics” but it is a ‘laudable initiative’ to help people in distress.

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Opponents of the law have warned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are pushing a Hindu majoritarian, anti-Muslim agenda that undermines India’s official status as a secular republic and violates international human rights norms and obligations, the report said.

The 3-page CRS ‘In Focus’ report alleged that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and CAA law planned by the Indian government threaten the rights of India’s nearly 20 crore Muslim minorities. The CRS report told the US Parliament that in 2019, American diplomats had expressed concern over the CAA. However, this will not affect the relations between India and America.

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At an election rally in West Bengal, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that no one can stop the implementation of CAA in India. He said that CAA is not meant to take away anyone’s citizenship, but it is a law to grant Indian citizenship to people displaced from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan on religious grounds.

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