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US panel hears of risks to Muslims in India

AFP, Washington

Experts warned a US government panel on Wednesday that India’s Muslims face risks of expulsion or other persecution under a citizenship law that has triggered major protests. The hearing held inside Congress was called by the US Commission on International Freedom, which has been denounced by the Indian government as biased.

Ashutosh Varshney, a prominent scholar of sectarian violence in India, told the panel that the law championed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalists amounted to a move to narrow the democracy’s historically inclusive and secular definition of citizenship.

“The threat is serious, and the implications quite horrendous,” said Varshney, a professor at Brown University. “Something deeply injurious to the Muslim minority can happen once their citizenship rights are taken away,” he said. Varshney warned that the law could ultimately lead to expulsion or detention—but, even if not, contributes to marginalization. “It creates an enabling atmosphere for violence once you say that a particular community is not fully Indian or its Indianness in grave doubt,” he said.

The Indian parliament in December passed a law that fast-tracks citizenship for persecuted non-Muslim minorities from neighboring countries. Responding to criticism at the time from the US commission, which advises but does not set policy, India’s foreign ministry said the law does not strip anyone’s citizenship and “should be welcomed, not criticized, by those who are genuinely committed to religious freedom.”

Fears are particularly acute in the northeastern state of Assam, where a citizens’ register finalized last year left 1.9 million people, many of them Muslims, facing possible statelessness.

Aman Wadud, a human rights lawyer from Assam who traveled to Washington for the hearing, said that many Indians lacked birth certificates or other documentation to prove citizenship and were only seeking “a dignified life.”

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