‘CAA may hit status of Indian Muslims’

NEW DELHI, DEC 28 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/28/2019 12:32:55 PM IST

The US Congress’ thinktank, Congressional Research Service (CRS), has observed that the CAA may affect the status of India’s Muslims, reported Times of India.

In its most recent report, CRS says: “In tandem with a National Register of Citizens planned by the federal government, the CAA may affect the status of India’s large Muslim minority of roughly 200 million.”
It quotes the lead US diplomat for the region, acting assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia Alice Wells, who expressed “genuine concern” that social issues such as the CAA “not detract from India’s ability to stand for the values and to stand with us in trying to promote, again, this free and open Indo-Pacific”.
 “Hindu nationalists tend to view India’s history as a series of humiliations at the hands of foreign invaders. As a consequence, they have rejected the secularism propounded by founders of the modern Indian state such as Jawaharlal Nehru and Mohandas Gandhi. In 2019, many analysts contend that the BJP government is responding to significantly slowed economic growth by becoming even more reliant on emotive, religious-based issues to consolidate political support,” it says.
CRS’s reports are not considered official documents of the US Congress, but the research is used by congressmen and their staffers to inform their decisions.


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