Indians Protest Citizenship Law: Al Jazeera

Rules around citizenship help define a country’s values and aspirations. Large numbers of Indians are turning out to protest a new citizenship law that welcomes refugees from neighboring states but pointedly excludes Muslims. Authorities have detained hundreds of demonstrators and banned gatherings in Uttar Pradesh as well as parts of the northeast, Bihar and cities including Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Vodafone and Airtel report that the government ordered them to cut mobile service in parts of Delhi. Muslims represent about 15 percent of India’s population. Protesters suggest the law is “further proof that Modi, emboldened by a resounding election victory this year, is moving quickly to reshape India as a Hindu nation and weaken its secular foundations,” reports Al Jazeera. “Modi has defended it as a humanitarian gesture.” India’s Supreme Court plans hearings in January. Anger is not limited to Muslims, and Al Jazeera's Sohail Rahman notes, "This law is deemed to be something that strikes the heart of the constitution about everybody's liberty." – YaleGlobal

Indians Protest Citizenship Law: Al Jazeera

Anger mounts over citizenship law in India viewed as “anti-Muslim,” with rallies held across the country despite prohibitory orders in some cities
Thursday, December 19, 2019

Read the article from Al Jazeera about protests over India’s new citizenship law.

officer confronts protester during protest over citizenship law

 Right to Freedom of Religion  Article - 25 Freedom of conscience and free profession, practice and propagation of religion.  (1) Subject to public order, morality and health and to the other provisions of this Part, all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practise and propagate religion….  Article - 26 Freedom to manage religious affairs…. Article - 27 Freedom as to payment of taxes for promotion of any particular religion. No person shall be compelled to pay any taxes, the proceeds of which are specifically appropriated in payment of expenses for the promotion or maintenance of any particular religion or religious denomination.  Article - 28 Freedom as to attendance at religious instruction or religious worship in certain educational institutions…. (1)	No religion instruction shall be provided in any educational institution wholly maintained out of State funds….

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