Posted on 12.12.2019 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in World with 0 Comments
Popular actor, famous filmmaker, Kamal Haasan has demands Lankan Tamil and Muslim refugees be included in the scope of India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
Being the founder leader of the Makkal Needhi Maiam founder he inquires why Lankan refugees were left out of the ambit of new Citizenship Bill if it was a “genuinely benevolent” reform for the old citizenship law. Why the Tamils and Muslims who are subjected to continuous discrimination, be excluded from the bill? Kamal has publicly inquired. “If it’s a genuinely benevolent bill and not a vote garnering exercise, then why won’t this CAB stop to pick up stranded Tamils & troubled Muslims of Sri Lanka?” he said in a twitter message.
Indian legislature, Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Monday. It was tabled in the Rajya Sabha for its consideration on the 9th.
According to the proposed legal reform, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan by December 31, 2014 and faced religious persecution in those countries, will not be treated as illegal immigrants and given Indian citizenship. This leaves out Muslim refugees from these countries as well other neighboring countries.
Critics have stated that in case the Government wanted to protect minorities in countries around them, why does the Bill not include groups like Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, Ahmadi and Shia Muslims in Pakistan and Sri Lankan Muslim Tamils as well, when there have been several reports and studies that they too face religious persecution. It is not just non-Muslims who face persecution in these countries, but different sects of Muslims too.
Tamil Nadu has a significant number of Lankan Tamils living in various parts of the state, including in government camps. Many of them had fled Lanka during the ethnic strife in the 1980s.