Opinion | Rhetoric will not undo suspicion on citizenship bill
Railroading the bill has the potential to severely upset the balance in north-east India
As momentum builds for the reintroduction of the citizenship amendment bill, or CAB, in Parliament, there is a ratcheting up of nationalistic rhetoric. Indeed, the CEO of a Sangh Parivar think tank, the New Delhi-based Indraprastha Vishwa Samvad Kendra, used the phrase “the figment of someone’s imagination" in an opinion piece in a national daily earlier this week. He downplayed concerns over CAB in north-east India—in Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya protests against the proposed bill have been frequent and strikes total.