Scholars from across the globe write to govt to withdraw CAB

NEW DELHI, DEC 9 (AGENCEIS) | Publish Date: 12/9/2019 12:17:46 PM IST

As the debate in Lok Sabha continued over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, as many as 964 scientists and scholars have written to the government expressing their concerns. 

The letter is signed by academicians and scholars from hundreds of national and international educational institutions of global repute. Some of these institutes include Harvard University, JNU, University of Chicago, IIT Kanpur, Central Michigan University, IIT Hyderabad, The City College of New York, IIT Madras, Centre for Peace Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

The signatories said that the CAB uses religion as a legal criterion for determining Indian citizenship, which they described as deeply troubling. The signatories mentioned that their statement, in a personal capacity, was based on media reports, as they did not have access to the exact text of the bill. The letter said, “We fear, in particular, that the careful exclusion of Muslims from the ambit of the bill will greatly strain the pluralistic fabric of the country”.

The scholars demanded an immediate withdrawal of the bill stating that Article 14 of the Constitution prohibits the government to deny any person equality before the law. 

“The use of religion as a criterion for citizenship in the proposed bill would mark a radical break with this history and would be inconsistent with the basic structure of the constitution,” says the letter.



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