Topic: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
1. Do you think denying a path to citizenship to immigrants of a particular religion is an unconcealed expression of the two-nation theory which formed the basis for the partition of India in 1947? Compare and analyse. (250 words)
Reference: Indian Express
Why this question:
The article draws very neatly parallels between the two- nation theory and the recent citizenship amendments proposed by the government, thus probing us to analyse the ill-effects of the move by comparing the features of the two situations.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss in what way the newly proposed citizenship amendment bill can be seen as a parallel to two- nation theory that led to partition of India in 1947.
Compare– provide for a detailed comparison of the two types, their features that are similar as well as different. One must provide for detailed assessment of the two.
Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
Briefly explain the context of the question.
Discuss the lacunae of the citizenship amendment bill. Explain briefly the two nation theory and under what circumstances India heeded to it. Draw parallels between the two. Highlight why the citizenship amendment bill might end up working as the two nation theory and prove to be discriminatory.
Conclude that denying a path to citizenship to immigrants of a particular religion is an unconcealed expression of the two-nation theory, apart from being a violation of the constitutional and human principle of equality.