CAA Spooks India's Neighbourhood

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CAA Spooks India's Neighbourhood
Amid the growing protests against the disputed Citizenship Act in India, there is criticism of the Act in the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Media outlets in these countries have expressed their concern over the new Citizenship Act of the central government, which grants citizenship on the basis of religion.

A look at what some select newspapers of these three neighbouring countries are reporting about the Citizenship Act.

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The controversial Citizenship Act has stirred public opinion not just in India but in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as well. All kinds of debate is going on in the media organisations of these countries regarding India’s new Citizenship Act. 

Bangladesh is witnessing the largest tumult. Here, Debashis Roy, editor of Muktiforum in the English newspaper Dhaka Tribune, has expressed his concern about the Act in an article. He has written that the Act is a weapon to dispel Muslims from India and its final aim is to make India a Hindu-majority nation.

In the Daily Star, the second largest English paper, the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad has opposed the new Act in India. With reference to them, the Daily Star has written that because of the new Citizenship Act, minorities in Bangladesh will be inclined to leave the country.

Writing in the Pakistani newspaper The Nation, senior journalist Nusrat Javed says that Pakistan should not react to the Citizenship Act in India. Otherwise, some people in India will get the opportunity to say that the protests against the Act are sponsored by Pakistan.

Mohd. Hanif, retired Colonel of the Pakistan Army and former research fellow at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute, has written in the English paper Daily Times that the BJP will easily end the opposition to the Act by Congress and other opposition parties by labelling it pro-Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Khaama Press, the largest online news agency in Afghanistan, called it another step forward in making India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’. Afghanistan’s biggest news agency Tolo has criticised India in its report by saying that for the first time in India, religion has been made the basis of citizenship for refugees.

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