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With a new law — and massive new detention camps — the country is undermining its status as a democracy.
India is home to 200 million Muslims. Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they have faced mounting threats to their status in the majority-Hindu country. And on Wednesday, they were walloped by a new worrisome development: The upper house of India’s Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
At first glance, the bill may seem like a laudable effort to protect persecuted minorities. It says Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who came to India from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan won’t be treated as illegal. They’ll have a clear path to citizenship.
But one major group has been left out: Muslims.
That’s no coincidence.
The CAB is closely linked with another contentious document: India’s National Register of Citizens (NRC). That citizenship list is part of the government’s effort to identify and weed out people it claims are illegal immigrants in the northeastern state of Assam. India says many Muslims whose families originally came from neighboring Bangladesh are not rightful citizens, even though they’ve lived in Assam for decades.
When the NRC was published in August, around 2 million people — many of them Muslims, some of them Hindus — found that their names were not on it. They were told they had a limited time in which to prove that they are, in fact, citizens. Otherwise, they can be rounded up into massive new detention camps and, ultimately, deported.
least it seems they list bail as an option but before your thread i had not hear of any of this
Assam Detention Centre located in Goalpara district, Assam, is India's first (and largest) detention center for illegal immigrants. The detention center will cover approximately 2,88,000 square feet and will include a school, recreational area and hospital. The center has been sanctioned by the Union Home Ministry in June 2018, which is funding the entire project. It is the first of the many in-construction or proposed detention centres to be constructed following the exclusion of 1.9 million people from the final National Register of Citizens of India. In 2014, the Centre had told all the states to set up at least one detention centre for illegal immigrants so as not to mix them up with jail inmates. Those in detention are eligible for bail.
i had heard of the Chinese detention camps but not the Indian ones before ,i guess they are setting them up for "illegal immigrants" vs re-education camps in chinas case
I wonder what is driving this type of attitude.
I think Trump got into trouble for trying the same think.
If muslim countries start being more open minded and less religiously stuck in the 5th century, maybe they can get back on the list but until then they just reap what they sow.