Citizenship Bill Leads to Violence in India

Last week, riots in northeast Delhi resulted in 47 people losing their lives and 350 more injured in some of the worst days of violence that India has experienced for decades. It started after Hindu nationalists incited violence against Indian Muslims peacefully protesting the country’s recent Citizenship Amendment Bill, which provides citizenship for persecuted religious minorities in neighbouring countries; Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

The bill does not extend to Islam, and critics have stated that it marginalises Muslims as part of the Hindu Nationalist governments agenda to sneak religious discrimination into law and encourage the division of migrants into Muslim and non-Muslim. Police were also been accused of enacting brutality and assisting nationalists to incite violence.

We were joined by Associate professor Peter Mayer from the University of Adelaide to discuss these issues further.

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