In an interview with Outlook’s Preetha Nair, Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasrin, exiled in India since 2004, shares her apprehensions about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Excerpts:
As an exiled Bangladeshi author living in India for the past 15 years, how do you perceive the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), which grants citizenship to non-Muslim minorities?
I have criticised CAB. Since prehistoric times, people have migrated for a better life. Indians have moved to Europe and America. Instead of being deported, they were accepted. Should India follow countries like Saudi Arabia, who don’t believe in human rights, or Europe and the US?
Critics of CAB say it is anti-constitutional and that religion cannot be made a condition of citizenship….
I fear that this move may tarnish the image of India. India has accepted many foreign, persecuted people. We love India and are proud of it as the best example of democracy, liberalism...