Tensions remain high today after protests against Citizenship (Amendment) Act turned violent in New Delhi on Sunday, with police using tear gas to disperse crowds. In a series of tweets posted through the Press Bureau of India (PIB) Twitter handle, the government has tried to bust the myths about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. "Mythbusters focusing on North-Eastern India, especially Assam, surrounding the Citizenship Amendment Act. The 11-points address the most common misconceptions and fears in the region," PIB tweeted.

Citizenship Amendment Act: Mythbusters focusing on North-East

Myth

CAA will violate provisions of Article 371

Fact

No provision of Article 371 would be violated by this Bill. The linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of the North East would be preserved.

Myth

Provisions of Citizenship Amendment Act will apply to the tribal areas of NE

Fact

Provisions of the amendments to the citizenship Act would not be applicable to the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, as included in the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution.


Myth

CAA will trigger fresh migration of Hindus from Bangladesh

Fact

As per reports, population share of Hindus in Bangladesh has declined steeply from 28% to nearly 8% now. Thus, most of the minorities have already migrated from the country. Moreover, the scale of atrocities on them in Bangladesh has been coming down in recent years, In the changed scenario, large-scale migration on account of religious persecution is now a remote possibility. Further, there is a cut-off date of December 31, 2014 and benefits under CAA will not be available for members of the religious minorities who migrate to India after the cut-off date.

Myth

Areas regulated through 'The Inner Limit Permit' will be included.

Fact

The areas regulated under 'The Inner Line' permit have been exempted Manipur also brought under the Inner Limit Permit (ILP) regime.

Myth

CAA aims to facilitate intruders

Fact

It is only a constututional process to give citizenship to those were denied basic civil rights for the last 70 years. It aims to target genuine refugees and not intruders.

Myth

Bengali Hindus will become a burden for Assam

Fact

CAA is applicable to the whole country. Persons facing religious persecutions are not settled only in Assam. They are staying in other parts of the country as well. As such, the fear that Assam will have to bear extra burden is misplaced.

Myth

CAA will lead to domination of Bengali speaking people.

Fact

Most of the Hindu Bengali population is settled in Barak Valley of Assam, where Bengali is declared the 2nd State Language in Brahmaputra Valley, Hindu Bengalis are settled in isolated pockets and have adapted themselves to Assamese language. As such, there is no question of linguistic domination of Assamese-speaking people by Bengali=speaking people.

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What is the Citizenship (Amendment) Act?

Citizenship (Amendment) Act makes it easier for Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, to seek Indian citizenship. The Citizenship (Amendment) Act grants citizenship to the Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist, Jains and Parsis — from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh who had arrived in India before 31 December 2014.

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