Despite widespread protests, Amended Citizenship Act comes into force


New Delhi, Jan 11 (IANS): The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act which grants citizenship to six non-Muslim communities -- Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian -- who have come to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014 after facing religious persecution, came into force on Friday.

The Ministry of Home Affairs announcement came through a gazette notification almost a month after the law was passed by Parliament on December 11, 2019 during the monsoon session.


People protesting against CAA (file photo)

"In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (2) of the section 1 of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (47 of 2019), the Central Government hereby appoints the 10th day of January, 2020, as the date on which the provisions of the said Act shall come into force," the notification says.

Known as CAA, the law evoked protest at various cities across the country since the Parliament passed it, leading to injuries to hundreds of security personnel, the strongest dissent against Prime Minister Narendra Modi since he came into power in 2014. Over 2,000 people have been arrested and around 5,000 detained while protesting against the CAA.

Clearing misconception fuelled by the opposition regarding the CAA, the government has, on many occasions, clarified that the law "absolutely nothing to do with citizens of India" as the rumour was raised that it is against Muslim community and the people belonging to the community residing illegally will be deported.

"It has nothing to do with the deportation of any foreigner from India," the government has said.

"The deportation process of any foreigners irrespective of his religion or country is implemented as per the mandate of the Foreigners Act, 1946 or The Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920."

The CAA absolutely nothing to do with any Indian citizens in any way, the government stressed.

"The Indian citizens enjoy fundamental rights conferred on them by the Constitution of India. No status including the CAA can, a bridge or take them away. There has been a misinformation campaign. The CAA does not affect any Indian citizen, including Muslim citizens."

 

 

  

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  • vassu, kudla

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    People don't mind the benefits especially reservation based on caste and religion but take exception to the same when it comes to CAA.

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  • Joy M, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Dear RaGA don't give up. Fight it out against CAA by going on fast unto death. We all are behind you!!!!

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    God bless Modi . Congress will eat dust .

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  • JK, Udupi/Dubai

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Currently there are only two world leader who take daring decision!!!

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  • Alwin, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Last 70 years we are not able to complete the registration of birth and death of Indians.We have voters with many mistakes.The Adhar card again trouble giving with pan connection.we have ration card. All these identities failed to define citizen.we require citizen ship to produce before or after final travel in this earth.i don't believe it will stop here.Because nobody knows the purpose or what they are doing

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  • Moshu, mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Govt digging its own grave.

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  • Clara, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    I Support CAA .Hats of GOVT .

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  • moshu, mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Doesn't make much difference when people like you praise Modi despite Indian economy go down to Somalia.

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  • clara, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Moshu doesn't make much difference when people like you won't support Modi and CAA despite knowing economy fluctuate s all the time and downfall of the economy is temporary , Modi is been honored and beloved by all the leaders over the world you still support 70 year old party no use , no one cares you . People Know who has done what .

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  • Ahmed, Ullal

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Dear Clara,
    If you not oppose this bill now, tomorrow it will come in other way to nominate you & that time it will be too late. No one will be there to support you.

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  • Clara, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Dear Ahemd ,

    If you won't oppose Bill now then there will be too many illegally resident from other countries in our country there might be problem every our country .And don't worry about nominating me .Central Govt agenda itself is Sab Ka Saath Saab ka Vikas . Hence it was clearly told my modi and shah that this bill will not impact any religion of our country .So there is no chance either for u or me to nominate but yes if u have any other friends other side and if you want to support them and bothered about them then it's not possible .

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    PM Modiji, has proved to be a revolutionary, visionary, statesman, this law, is another milestone etched, in the history of our Republic... Infiltrators, traitors, will have to pack up and leave, our shores... anywhere, perhaps even to Timbuktu !!!!!!

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Great news ..! All this protest was a mere political gimmick .

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  • Rolf, INDIA

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    No need to Go .
    One unemployed committed suicide every hour in 2018: NCRB

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    What is the link ..between CAA and the suicides ? are they interlinked? ..if you feel they are interlinked ..please show proof and protest .. nobody is going to stop ..its your right.. but it cannot be termed as CAA protest.

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  • Sangram Sangam, Kundapur

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Jai Modi
    Next should be Population control
    India already crossed 1.30 crores,It Should be done
    Modi hai tho mumkin nai

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  • krishna, mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Population control , One Nation ,One Law

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Next will be opposition against UCC in which issue of religion will again come up. There will be demands to keep intact some of the ages old religious laws. Reservations based on caste and creed will be abolished and the so-called seculars or sickulars will demand for modifications favouring certain communities.

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  • vassu, kudla

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Good that India is following so many countries which are safeguarding themselves against illegal immigrants. CAA will identify only illegal immigrants. Why everyone is breaking into cold sweats is not understood.

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  • Nawaz, Udupi/ Kuwait

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Looks like copy pasted from somewhere else; without knowing the context.

    Mr. Vassu, CAA is about allowing citizenship to illegals and not safeguarding against the illegal immigrants.

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  • Kamalakshi Amin, M

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    The Govt will not back down from doing the right thing. Opposition needs to oppose as their imported vote bank is under threat . Illegal immigrants need to be sent back.

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  • Ayub, MANGALURU

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Who choose to stay in Pakistan? Then why the Indian Government agreed to give nationality on the basis of Religion? There is no religion for Nationality, whenever I traveled abroad nobody asked me my religion, instead asked my nationality. So if you want to give nationality, give it to everyone otherwise don't. We already facing many problems in India and should not create more on the basis of caste, creed and religion. Increasing unemployment, increased inflation, decline in business, face of value of Indian Rupee going down day by day. Economy is in ICU, instead of taking proper measures to tackle all these issues our government busy with CAA and NRC and spending Crores of rupees of peoples tax money for unethical purpose. Present situation is to Unite not to Divide. Divide and Rule will not bring the prosperity but will make us poorer and poorer. I hope our politicians will wake up soon before it is too late.

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  • Rajesh, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Tax payer having two children will pay for people having 5-6 children. that is harassment.

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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    The CAA absolutely nothing to do with any Indian citizens in any way, the government stressed. This is the fact and not everyone is illeterate.
    Jai Hind.

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  • Ahmed, Ullal

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Dear Mohit,
    Everyone knows CAA is giving the citizenship to 3 countries migrants for non muslims.
    In other hand, once the NRC implemented all over India, CAA will come to rescue except Muslims. As we can see in Assam, there are many people who originally Indians, their names too was there in NRC list. You people may get the Sanjeevani from CAA. What about us those who doesn't have propper documents? We have to leave India forever? For this reason only we are opposing religious based bill.

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  • S Shetty, Tulunaad

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Have to leave India who does not have documents who will take you ?? Dude use some common sense,there has to be something or someone who knows you since long tell them that to govt. Why you have to leave. Kuch Bhi.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Power ke liye kuch bhi karega ye modi u mean like pulwama

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  • Muhammad Beary, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Every other nations are moving forward and progressing...But India under this duo is regressing towards it's inglorious Casteist past... Tell me howmany foreign delegates visited after your proposal of Draconian regressive law... Almost none... That means no business is happening... There is huge dip in foreign tourists.. which means it will have a quite a significant impact on Indian economy which is already in shatters..
    With bandh and hartal less economic activity ...Again it is hurting India's economy...
    Modi and Shah are also responsible for making India's image bad across the foreign media... Which India preserved till recently... All the international media referred this regressive law comparable to Nazis Nuremberg laws.... Well if you read bunch of thoughts we can get to know from where these people got this stupid regressive Nazi idea...

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  • Charan, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Except Islamic nations they still adopt sharia laws

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Have you visited those countries? Just visit once and you will know how far they have reached with Shariah law.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Islamic nations, never grant citizenship, to non muslims (Infidels).... No rights nor any privileges are offered or granted !!!! The alien diaspora, are kicked out, after their work contract, is terminated or gets expired !!!!

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  • Rahul, Jeppu

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    H. Almeida, awesome reply

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Why not all Communities ...

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  • H Kunder, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    The Bill clearly states that as far as you are an Indian you don't have to worry irrespective of any religion or caste you belong to. It is not even a threat to foreigners residing legally in India. It will matter to only those immigrants who are recently illegally entered India after 31 Dec 2014.

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  • Dinesh Kumar Shetty, Katipalla/Mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Pakistan was created on the basis of Religion, if it is to give asylum to Pakistani Muslims, then what was the purpose of partition of two nations

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Why not Pakistani Christians ...

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Pakistani Christians will get Indian citizenship as per this amended act. Please note Srilankan Hindus or Nepali Hindus are not entitled.

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Zoroastrians, Christians, fleeing for their lives, in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are eligible, to apply for citizenship, in our Republic !!!!!

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  • H. Almeida., Bendur/Andheri

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Dinesh bhai, you have hit the bull's eye !!!!!! Why was United India, prior to 1947, created ?? It was divided by Jinnah, into two nations, only due to religious ideologies.

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    U missed savarkar in the list 2 nation idea😆

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  • Pavan, Mlr

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    Tommrow Pakistani muslim will tell u he is pakistani hindu how will u identify him real hindu million dollar question🤔

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    @ Mr. Pavan, Mlr,
    If a Pakistani comes disguised as a Hindu or Christian, he will have to stay in India as a refugee continuously for 5 years. He cannot return at his will and come again to complete 5 years. But if he comes as a Muslim, he will have to complete a total of 11 years stay in India. In between he is free to go back to Pakistan and come again to India provided he has valid passport and visa. So nobody is denied citizenship on the basis of religion except that procedure has been eased for minorities because of persecution.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, Jan 11 2020

    @ Mr. Jossey Saldanha,
    Looks like all these days you had been opposing CAA only because of your personal enmity against Modi. All minorities including Christians who left Pakistan and 2 other countries owing to religious persecution will be granted citizenship. Muslims who are majority had entered the country fleeing persecution but for other reasons like economic or social. Those who possess valid visas and passports are entitled to citizenship through the normal existing procedure. They are not denied citizenship on the basis of religion.

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