2)Discuss the key issues involved in the Citizenship amendment bill, 2016 and how it will only widen the old fault lines in Assam.(250 words)

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Topic -Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

2)Discuss the key issues involved in the Citizenship amendment bill, 2016 and how it will only widen the old fault lines in Assam.(250 words)

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Why this question

Although an old yet an important issue, Citizenship amendment (CA) bill raises several important concerns. Recently a Joint Parliamentary committee visited Assam to review the work done. The issue is related to GS 2 syllabus under the following heading-

Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Key demand of the question

The question simply wants us to discuss the key issues involved in CA bill and analyse how it will widen the old fault lines in Assam.

Directive word

Discuss- we have to write in detail about all the important issues involved in the CA bill and relate them with the old fault lines in Assam.

Structure of the answer

Introduction- Briefly discuss the aim and context (illegal migration, internal security etc) of the CA bill, 2016.

Body-

  1. discuss the key issues involved. ( e.g violation of article 14 i.e right to equality, wide grounds for cancellation of OCI etc.)
  2. Mention the fault lines (Hindu-Muslim, Barak valley Bengalis vs insiders) in Assam and explain how they will be widened by  the CA bill, 2016.

Conclusion– present a fair and balanced opinion on the CA bill, 2016 and suggest a way forward.