Citizenship Amendment Act: A Threat to the Secularism of the Nation

Asmita Jataria
Assistant Professor at Dharmashastra National Law University

Volume III, Issue IV, 2020

Citizenship in a nation is as important as the nature of the state. It provides an individual with a sense of belonging. Indian citizenship has always been a matter of dispute since India’s inde-pendence. 70 years down the road, even so, the matter is cause for contention. The recent 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act stirred up debates and protests in the public sphere. This document is an attempt to understand the provisions of the Citizenship Amendment Act and the threat it poses to the nation’s core value system. This document argues that recent changes in the nature of citizenship are discriminatory based on religion and unconstitutional with respect to Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.

Keywords: CAA, Secularism, Article 14, Constitution of India, Hindutva