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Understanding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019

The Rajya Sabha on December 11, 2019 passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, with 125 votes in favour and 99 against. The Bill for the first time allows citizenship on the basis of religion to six communities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. 

The Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955, and for the first time, will grant citizenship on the basis of religion to non-Muslim communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who entered India on or before December 31, 2014. It was passed by the Lok Sabha on December 9, 2019.

Here is a series of opinion articles and explanations that appeared in The Hindu to put the arguments for and against the Bill in context.

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