24 November, 2020

The Laws Of Refuge

While steps are being taken to provide citizenship to Hindu minorities from different countries, Muslim minorities who fled government persecution are being treated with utter disregard.

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The Laws Of Refuge
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The BJP led-NDA government's decision to allow Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals to reside in India, despite the expiry of their visas, is being lauded as a step towards recognising rights of immigrants in the country. The move, ostensibly based on humanitarian considerations, allows 'minority communities' of both countries to continue staying notwithstanding the lack of valid documents.

Over 95 per cent of the minorities in both countries are Hindus who sought shelter in India after being subjected, or witness, to religious persecution in their home countries. The Narendra Modi government is also planning to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to ease the citizenship process to this segment of the population. However, it is argued that the impetus behind this move is the BJP's allegiance to the Hindutva ideology. An Indian equivalent of the Israeli 'Law of Return' that facilitates Jews from anywhere in the world to settle in Israel, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has also proclaimed that India is 'natural home' to Hindus from across the world.

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