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India hits back at US panel over its criticism of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 

“It is, however, regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided only by its prejudices and biases on a matter on which it clearly has little knowledge...,” the ministry statement read.

Published: 10th December 2019 03:12 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th December 2019 03:52 PM   |  A+A-

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Lok Sabha during the CAB debate (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: India has hit back at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) over its statement on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, saying it was ‘regrettable and inaccurate’.

The USCIRF, hours after the Lok Sabha had passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, had called for the US government to consider sanctions against Home Minister Amit Shah and other leaders. The panel said in a tweet, “Religious pluralism is central to the foundations of both India and the United States and is one of our core shared values. Any religious test for citizenship undermines this most basic democratic tenet. #CABBill (sic)”.

The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said the USCIRF's remarks were not surprising.

“It is, however, regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided only by its prejudices and biases on a matter on which it clearly has little knowledge...,” the ministry statement read.

Clearing the Centre’s stand on the Bill, the MEA said, “The statement made by the USCIRF on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is neither accurate nor warranted. The bill provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries.”

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The Centre also said that the CAB and NRC do not seek to strip citizenship from any Indian of any faith.

“Suggestions to that effect are motivated and unjustified. Every nation, including the United States, has the right to enumerate and validate its citizenry and to exercise this prerogative through various policies,” said the MEA.



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  • zen dahodi

    'The way hearing is proceeding in the Lok Sabha and Raj sabha; soon the CAB will pass and the President is ready to sign it to make it a law. Well after the passing of NRC and CAB bills and looking to the radicalization of the Hindu majority and continuous harassment of Muslim minorities all around India; it is very clear that Muslims of India are not welcome in India as equal citizen but they can be stayed as second class citizen without many of Constitutional rights including voting rights. So what is the way out for 200 million Muslims of India? More probably sooner or later the world will wake-up to the plight of the Indian Muslims. It will be a historical refugee settlement plan for the United Nations. Many western nations including Canada
    1 year ago reply
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