Guwahati/ 9th May’2018 (Prag News Desk):
It has been a while since Assam has been on rather tumultuous sequence of protests taking place since the last two three months where the Assamese Diaspora has been voicing their angst against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which aims to grant Indian citizenship to Hindu foreigners for the Bill, as alleged by the residents of Assam, would threaten the existence of the indigenous people of Assam.
Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016: A detailed report
The Citizenship Amendment Bill was introduced on July 19 in the Lok Sabha, which sought to allow illegal migrants from certain minority communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship. In other words it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.
The citizenship Bill also appeals for a decrease in the minimum years of stay for such migrants from 11 to 6 years in India.
The Bill though restricts entry to illegal Muslim migrants. It also does not talk about other minority communities in the three neighboring countries, such as Jews, Baha’is etc in the context of the Bill.
People of Assam Unhappy with Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016
As per the Assamese brethren, the Bill contradicts the Assam Accord of 1985, which clearly states that illegal migrants heading in from Bangladesh after March 25, 1971 would be deported. It is this clause which allows foreigners to be deported to their respective countries after a long stay in the country. But the Bill has been acting as a thorn pinching the hearts of the people as many think the Bill would be now turning Assam into a large “Dumping ground for the Illegal Bangladeshis” if the Bill is passed in the Parliament.
Whom do we recognize as Illegal Migrants as per the Citizenship Bill?
Under the Citizenship Act, 1955, foreigners who have overstayed their stay in India without any valid documents, Visa or travel documents are considered illegal migrants.
Over the years, the Indian Government has been taking “Rosy steps” towards certain minority communities of Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan and coming to India on or before December 31, 2014, were allowed to stay. This way, many illegal migrants got a starry chance to stay in India without being imprisoned or deported to their countries.
What else holds in the Citizenship Bill?
The Bill also seeks to cancel the registration of Overseas Indian Citizens cardholders (OCI) who violates any law