The threat posed by India's new citizenship law

India now looks less to inclusive liberal democracies as its model and more to Israel, Pakistan or China.

For 70 years, India has struggled to remain a secular state. In spite of its people being overwhelmingly Hindu, it chose not to distinguish between its citizens - or putative citizens - on the basis of their religion.

That principle was what its founding fathers fought for, and what for decades led it to proudly distinguish itself from Pakistan, born at the same time as India but explicitly as a homeland for Muslims.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 14, 2019, with the headline 'The threat posed by India's new citizenship law'. Print Edition | Subscribe