India's new citizenship law for religious minorities leaves Muslims out

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As It Happens6:30India’s new citizenship law for religious minorities leaves Muslims out

India is providing a fast-track to citizenship for religious minorities seeking refuge in the country — except, that is, for Muslims.

The controversial 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) came into effect on Monday, marking the first time the secular state has set a religious criteria for citizenship.

Political activist Yogendra Yadav says it flies in the face of the country’s constitution, which protects people from discrimination on the grounds of religion, thereby turning Muslims in India into “second-rate citizens.”

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“The whole point of the law is to exclude Muslims,”  Yadav, founder of

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