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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir criticizes India’s controversial citizenship bill

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir criticizes India’s controversial citizenship bill

Nine people have reportedly been killed so far in the ongoing protests across India, as many continue to demonstrate against this controversial bill.

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Speaking at the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019, which has gathered the leaders of some of the most populous Muslim-majority nations, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticized India’s controversial citizenship bill – questioning the “necessity” of the bill when “people are dying”.

India’s citizenship bill, being dubbed the ‘anti-Muslim’ bill online, will specifically only grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who have either fled to or moved to India. All Muslims who fall under this same category will not be granted citizenship.

Modi’s leading BJP government in India has increasingly come under fire for its Hindu-nationalist and seemingly anti-Muslim rhetoric – especially with the controversial citizen’s register in Assam that left 1.9 million mainly Muslim Indians stateless and the continued crackdown in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. This new citizenship bill has since caused massive protests across India.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, the Malaysian Prime Minister stated:

People are dying because of this law. Why is there a necessity to do this when all the while, for 70 years, they have lived together as citizens without any problem?”

Explaining that a bill like the current one the Indian government is administrating would only cause “chaos and instability”, Prime Minister Mahathir also stated:

I am sorry to see that India, which claims to be a secular state, now is taking action to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship.”

Nine people have reportedly been killed so far in the ongoing protests across India, as many continue to demonstrate against this controversial bill. The United Nations have called the bill “fundamentally discriminatory”, however as of yet Modi’s increasingly open Hindu-nationalist government has not backed down from its crackdown on the protesters.

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Nine people have reportedly been killed so far in the ongoing protests across India, as many continue to demonstrate against this controversial bill.

Speaking at the Kuala Lumpur Summit 2019, which has gathered the leaders of some of the most populous Muslim-majority nations, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has criticized India’s controversial citizenship bill – questioning the “necessity” of the bill when “people are dying”.

India’s citizenship bill, being dubbed the ‘anti-Muslim’ bill online, will specifically only grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians who have either fled to or moved to India. All Muslims who fall under this same category will not be granted citizenship.

Modi’s leading BJP government in India has increasingly come under fire for its Hindu-nationalist and seemingly anti-Muslim rhetoric – especially with the controversial citizen’s register in Assam that left 1.9 million mainly Muslim Indians stateless and the continued crackdown in the Muslim-majority region of Kashmir. This new citizenship bill has since caused massive protests across India.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Kuala Lumpur Summit, the Malaysian Prime Minister stated:

People are dying because of this law. Why is there a necessity to do this when all the while, for 70 years, they have lived together as citizens without any problem?”

Explaining that a bill like the current one the Indian government is administrating would only cause “chaos and instability”, Prime Minister Mahathir also stated:

I am sorry to see that India, which claims to be a secular state, now is taking action to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship.”

Nine people have reportedly been killed so far in the ongoing protests across India, as many continue to demonstrate against this controversial bill. The United Nations have called the bill “fundamentally discriminatory”, however as of yet Modi’s increasingly open Hindu-nationalist government has not backed down from its crackdown on the protesters.

Whilst you’re here…

The Muslim Vibe is a non-profit media platform aiming to inspire, inform and empower Muslims like you. Our goal is to provide a space for young Muslims to learn about their faith as well as news stories affecting them, so we can reclaim the Muslim narrative from the mainstream.

Your support will help us achieve this goal, and enable us to produce more original content. Your support can help us in the fight against Islamophobia, by building a powerful platform for young Muslims who can share their ideas, experiences and opinions for a better future.

Please consider supporting The Muslim Vibe, from as little as £1 – it will only take a minute. Thank you and Jazakallah.

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