07:46 GMT06 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): India has enacted controversial legislation to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, but not Muslims.

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Act has triggered large-scale violence in India’s northeast, forcing the government to deploy troops to quell violent protests.

    India’s major opposition parties have also charged the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party-led government with being discriminatory and dividing people on the basis of religion.  

    The Twitterati are also showing their disagreement with the law, blaming Indian Home Minister Amit Shah for successfully dividing the nation on religion just like late Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, who sought a separate nation for undivided India prior to its independence from the British colonial  rule in 1947.

    Hashtag of #Amit_Shah_is_New_Jinnah is doing rounds on micro-blogging site Twitter with over 15.6 k tweets blaming him for distracting people from the real issues of unemployment, economic slowdown and poverty.

    The new law grants citizenship to illegal immigrants who follow the religious traditions of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis, and who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before 31 December 2014. It, however, contentiously does not grant citizenship to Muslims arriving from those three neighbouring countries.

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