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    USCIRF Raises Serious Concerns and Eyes Sanctions Recommendations for Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in India, Which Passed Lower House Today

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    December 9, 2019

    USCIRF Raises Serious Concerns and Eyes Sanctions Recommendations for Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in India, Which Passed Lower House Today

    WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is deeply troubled by the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), originally introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah, in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament) given the religion criterion in the bill. The CAB will now move to the Rajya Sabha (Indian Parliament’s Upper House). If the CAB passes in both houses of parliament, the United States government should consider sanctions against the Home Minister and other principal leadership.

    The CAB enshrines a pathway to citizenship for immigrants that specifically excludes Muslims, setting a legal criterion for citizenship based on religion. The CAB is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction; it runs counter to India’s rich history of secular pluralism and the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law regardless of faith. In conjunction with the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Assam and nationwide NRC that the Home Minister seeks to propose, USCIRF fears that the Indian government is creating a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship from millions of Muslims.

    The Lok Sabha first passed the CAB in January 2019, but due to protests, the government withdrew it before it could be voted on by the Rajya Sabha. Both houses of parliament must ratify a bill before it can become law. The BJP included the passage of the CAB as part of its manifesto released ahead of its overwhelming electoral victory in May 2019.



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    The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on threats to religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress intended to deter religious persehcution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at Media@USCIRF.gov or call 202-523-3240.

    https://www.uscirf.gov/news-room/pr...rf-raises-serious-concerns-and-eyes-sanctions
     
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    Nothing's gonna happen.
     
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    Appears to be an utterly useless proceeding. India is taking all major decisions, with the tacit support of US and Israel.
     
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    If they condemn India they’d have to do same with Israel — and US wouldn’t do anything that will back fire on Israel. Remember Israel passed a law last year stating Israel is an exclusive Jewish state based on Jewish principles and laws.
     
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    We shall never ever forget, that even when we were core US allies, they never helped us against India.
     
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    we are seeing in our time from Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy. India’s desire to be the only major power in South Asia has not always been successful. Managing a sphere of influence is not only a function of telling others what to do but being able to expend resources that deny space to competitors.
    Under Modi, India has alternated between two schools of thought, the Arthasastrins, and the Dharmasastrins. The first recommends “artifice, infiltration, subversion, propaganda and economic pressure,” instead of war; the second advocates “heroic war for just ends, win or die”. Needless to say, the second sounds like the Hindu jihad doctrine of a revisionist Pakistan next door. According to Chanakya Ideology, Neighbour is always your enemy, and we are India neighbor and cant be a friend. We as a Pakistani Either we are in uniform or without uniform, this our duty to protect our Islamic ideology and geographic boundaries.
     
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    But why slap sanctions only if the bill passes into an act? the intention is there and the plan has been put into motion, that should be enuff for US to move forward with sanctions, if that was ever an exercisable option
     
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    Last time they banned Narendra Modi .It was kind of funny.
    Lol.
     
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    There will be fury when Pakistan's new Islamic constitution will surface!
     
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    CAB passed in both house. Now what? :D:D:D
     
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    A sad day for human kind
     
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    there is no agreement that Pakistan signed with USA that calls for help against India