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Citizenship Amendment Bill Doesn’t Mention Indian Muslims: Seshadri Chari

Seshadri Chari, member of the BJP National Executive Committee, tells Outlook that the government needs to urgently counter the canard that the CAB is against Muslims before it spins into a communal conflagration.

Citizenship Amendment Bill Doesn’t Mention Indian Muslims: Seshadri Chari
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Citizenship Amendment Bill Doesn’t Mention Indian Muslims: Seshadri Chari
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2019-12-13T17:20:37+05:30

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) is the big contentious move of the Narendra Modi government after Article 370. Former editor of Organiser and member of the BJP National Executive Committee, Seshadri Chari, tells Bhavna Vij-Aurora that the government needs to urgently counter the canard that the CAB is against Muslims before it spins into a communal conflagration.

The CAB has been termed discriminatory, divisive and unconstitutional by its critics. How do you counter the criticism?

Nothing can be farther from truth. The CAB is in keeping with the idea of India as envisioned by those who laid the foundation of Independent India. The Citizenship Act of 1955 was enacted in the background of Partition and unintended, massive, but incomplete migration of population. While India chose to continue to be a secular democracy, Pakistan became an Islamic Republic in 1956, probably the first among such Islamic theocratic states. With this, the fundamentalist state became the leading...

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