Topic: Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
1) Discuss the debates surrounding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. how does the bill seeks to distress the interests of indigenous people?(250 words)
Why this question:
The citizenship Bill does not require any changes if Clause 6 of the Assam Accord is implemented properly according to Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. If Clause 6 is implemented in letter and spirit, then the indigenous people of Assam are well guarded and protected. Thus we need to evaluate Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and how it affects the interests of indigenous people.
Key demand of the question:
Discussion should be around the controversy and issues surrounding the bill, how the bill seeks to affect the interests of indigenous people.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Introduce with context of the question.
- Explain what is the citizenship amendment bill 2016?
- The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 seeks to allow illegal migrants from certain minority communities in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship. In other words, it amends the Citizenship Act of 1955.
- The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to allow illegal migrants belonging to the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian religious communities coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan to not be imprisoned or deported.
- It also appeals for the minimum years of residency in India to apply for citizenship to be lessened from at least 11 to six years for such migrants.
- The Bill, however, does not extend to illegal Muslim migrants. It also does not talk about other minority communities in the three neighbouring countries, such as Jews, Bahais etc.
Conclude with what should be the way forward.