Protestors demonstrating against CAB **What is CAB:-
*The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend a law dating back to the 1950s in order to grant citizenship to persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Parsis from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan (all Muslim-majority nations).
*If the Bill becomes law, people belonging to these communities will no longer be deported or jailed under the Foreigners Act of 1946 and the Passport (Entry into India) Act of 1920.
The bill excludes Muslim migrants as the advocates of the bill claim that they don't feel oppression in their own Muslim majority nation. * *Why Northeast is unhappy:-
*There is fear in the northeast that granting citizenship to ordinary refugees will undermine the ethnic communities living in these regions. The bill has sparked widespread and violent protests across the region, including Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh. *Several civil society groups, students' unions and political parties contend that CAB would threaten the interests of indigenous tribal people and dilute their culture and political sway. * Protesters say the bill is against the secular fabric of India's Constitution and will allow the influx of lakhs of foreigners from these three countries into a region already "burdened" with illegal Bangladeshis. *The indigenous people of Assam and the northeast are staring at an existential threat to their composite culture. The proposed law will open the floodgates of illegal foreigners to the region.
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