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India’ immigration protests: Not just a conflict between Hindus and Muslims

In India, a law meant to provide protection against persecution is sparking outrage. Scenes of violence have unfolded across the country as protests spread against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Before it became a law it was called the Citizenship Amendment Bill, or CAB. The new law provides a route to citizenship for religious minorities fleeing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Muslims fleeing these countries however, are not included in. The act has led to protests across India, from the state of Assam in the northeast, to Delhi, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and other states. But the reasons driving people to protest remain diverse. We talk to Indian journalist and writer Rana Ayyub to get her assessment on the situation.

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