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CAA implementation 'illegal, immoral and ill-timed': Historian Ramchandra Guha

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CAA implementation 'illegal, immoral and ill-timed': Historian Ramchandra Guha

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Jan 2020, 10:28 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Amid nationwide protests, historian Ramchandra Guha on Monday said the government's decision to implement the  Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) is "illegal, immoral and ill-timed."

He said the basic premise of this law is wrong that minorities from Muslim-majority countries - Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan- would get Indian citizenship and Muslims would be excluded from this.

Speaking to NDTV, he said: "What about the Tamils in Sri Lanka."

He said there are other crises which demand the government's attention currently.

"There is an economic crisis, there's a downturn, there's joblessness, agrarian distress and environmental degradation. The government should roll back the move and acknowledge the protests," he said.

He said the students' protests are a result of failure on the government's part to recognize that in the 21st-century knowledge, learning and science are the keys to economic growth and "not all kinds of crazy lunatic ideas."

On being asked whether the law stood the legal test, he said: "It introduces a religion-based test, never done in our country. Even with narrow legal interpretations it is unconstitutional...clearly immoral and clearly discriminatory."
 

CAA implementation 'illegal, immoral and ill-timed': Historian Ramchandra Guha

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