In India, protests have erupted across parts of the country, as the lower house of Parliament passed legislation that represents a major step in the official marginalization of India's 200 million Muslims. "They infiltrated India through Bangldesh". There were no reports of serious injuries. He vehemently opposed the prevalent notion that only the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cares for the country.
Authorities in Tripura state said they were suspending mobile internet services from Tuesday evening to stop the spread of misinformation on social media.
In Assam's Kamrup district, authorities imposed an order restricting gatherings of two or more people amid fears the violence could escalate.
What happens in the Rajya Sabha remains to be seen on Wednesday. Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, however, had told a media house earlier in the day that the party's support to the Bill is entirely unrelated to its politics in Maharashtra.
"The people of the six minority communities who migrated to India following religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will be given Indian citizenship as per this Bill".
"We are now moving closer to Modi's dream of an India where a Muslim will have to walk the streets of his country with his gaze lowered, where democracy will be a privilege some can't participate in, and Hindu nationalism will replace secularism in this once-glorious republic", journalist Rana Ayyub wrote of the bill for The Washington Post Tuesday.
The other minorities in India, including Muslims will not be entertained from the bill.
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"This bill is in line with India's centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values", Modi tweeted.
The comments by the European Union envoy came a day after the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) called the CAB a "dangerous turn in the wrong direction" and asked the US government to consider imposing sanctions against Home Minister Amit Shah and other Indian leaders if the bill with the "religious criterion" is turned into a law.
"In conjunction with the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Assam and nationwide NRC that the Home Minister seeks to propose, the USCIRF fears that the Indian government is creating a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship from millions of Muslims".
"The Indian Constitution guarantees equality before the law without any discrimination".
The move also evoked sharp reactions from global groups, with an influential United States body calling for sanctions on Shah and other key players of the proposed law.
Responding to the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)'s statement on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Ministry of External Affairs on December 10 said that it regrets the "inaccurate and unwarranted" comments made by the organisation. "We will have to differentiate between intruders and refugees", he was quoted as saying by Scroll.in.
"The CAB is a unsafe turn in the wrong direction; it runs counter to India's rich history of secular pluralism and the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law regardless of faith", it said.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the legislation "violates all norms of global human rights law and bilateral agreements with Pakistan".