Population-register confusion triggers more protests in India

Protesters in Kolkata rallying on Thursday against the new Citizenship Amendment Act, which critics say makes religion the basis of citizenship. Adding to the confusion and anger on the streets is the lack of clarity about the aims of a population re
Protesters in Kolkata rallying on Thursday against the new Citizenship Amendment Act, which critics say makes religion the basis of citizenship. Adding to the confusion and anger on the streets is the lack of clarity about the aims of a population register and a register of Indian citizens, and the government's seemingly contradictory statements about them. PHOTO: REUTERS

New policies reignite fears that millions could become stateless

As protests against a new citizenship law continue in India, there is fresh controversy about another proposal: a population register.

For weeks now, demonstrations have erupted over new government policies that protesters worry could lead to millions of Indians - particularly Muslims - becoming stateless.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 04, 2020, with the headline 'Population-register confusion triggers more protests in India'. Print Edition | Subscribe