Listen: Has India's Narendra Modi gone too far with controversial new citizenship law?
"In this bill they are targeting a community without naming it. It violates the basic structure took the constitution divisive and exclusive for more than a week. People in India have been in the streets protesting against Winston new law that fast tracks Indian citizenship for migrants. Except if they're Muslim critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and that it undermines India's history as a secular nation. I'm Laura Lynch and this is the current weekly. People in India are divided about the new law as we discovered in the streets of New Delhi Natural India because where else Lugo Muslims have an Islamic country to go Christians any Russian country to go for the Hindus. Will this and the seats. They had nowhere else to go. But for India and now India has has made it possible for them to have legitimate citizenship rights. This is the sort of majoritarian agenda that is taking place in this country right now and the real failure. Is that all the citizens at large as we designed by helplessly as we see targeting the minorities of this country just by protests intensified across the country earlier this week after police stormed to universities to try to stop demonstrations through tests across India after action against wounds at Jamaica's the illegal Muslim university from Sam the by Johnny Gert Chen Ni- students standing in solidarity with their colleagues to understand more about what's going on. I spoke to Arpaio Sherwani. She's the senior on your editor for the wire. India's largest independent online news site. People very very angry I was a million Slavia. The university one of the university that has been indirect. Target of police. Brutality is I was reporting from there I spoke with a couple of dozen people and they told me the stories disgust and atrocities that the police committed on these students. They were they. Were assuming that maybe you know by this heavy massive. Crackdown dare going to break the spirit of students but I think it is going to have country the impact on the students bodies because there are no protest all over India led by Muslims slim's but there are people from different religions all religions who were protesting against this anti constitution law irrespective of faith irrespective of religion irrespective of our political affiliations. All over India. There is no major city left which is not good protesting. How many people in India are Muslim so there are about fourteen percent people as per the two thousand eleven census about two hundred million Muslims living in the moment and tell us what exactly is the citizenship amendment? ACT The law intense to make it easier for non Muslim immigrants from India. Three Muslim-majority neighbors namely Pakistan Afghanistan and Bangladesh to become citizens of Indem so if you entered India before December thirty first two thousand fourteen on legal or illegal documents. And if you have been living here for six years you are entitled for Indian citizenship but there is a condition for it so you may be living Annandale for six years as you. You should have entered India before December. Thirty first thousand fourteen. But you should not be a follower of Islam so you you only entitled to get that doesn't ship ship. Only maybe belonging to any other religion. Why why are? Muslims voted excluded because the government is giving his argument that they I want to give shelter to persecuted minorities in its neighborhood because they're basing their argument on assumption that these Muslim majority countries. He's had nothing against Muslims themselves because they are Muslim countries so the only people who are being persecuted there are non Muslims. This argument when they want to they want to give to the people. Okay so why is that threatening today. Muslims in India right so there is one thing which is against the law. But I'll tell you that this is not the full story. This is not the full picture so the thing is that people are arguing Stefan. It violates the basic structure of constitution that Indian constitution cannot discriminate with its citizens on the basis of village. And so if you cannot discriminate against your citizens you cannot give citizenship based on religion. Now well you asked me this. The reason that people street this is only the food picture is that is a another scheme of the government of Indiana the program that they have brought in the northeast provinces province of India. This is a Sam they have already implemented the scheme into skull and our see National Register sure of citizens that every citizen is liable to prove that they are Indian citizen. Not just they are citizen. They were born here. The their father was born here. Their grandfather was born here. And what's what's wrong with that now as you know that majority of Indians live below poverty. Line a millions and millions of people who do not have a single document to prove that they were born. You're not have birth certificate. They have no certificate at all to prove proved that the Indian citizens so this is against the war of this country so that so let me just okay but you just said that it is against the poor. That doesn't mean necessarily that. It's targeting Muslims right so assume that after NRC's conducted they may be two two hundred million people who are who may not be able to prove that they are Indian citizens out of h all non-muslims apply for Indian citizenship under Citizenship Amendment Law except Muslims. You're a journalist in India. You're you're a citizen of India but you're also Muslim yourself. How are you personally feeling about this? The law you know. I'll tell you that as a citizen of India as journalists and as well as as a as a Muslim I feel. This is absolutely heartbreaking. So suppose if there are thirty five people working here in my organization only I will be asked to prove my citizenship. Only I will be the one who's not able to prove citizenship. I will be going to the detention engine cap. Cam and just thirty people will be will be eligible for citizenship. My grandfather my father. Both of them rejected wanted Pakistan the country which was being built in in in the name of religion because they trusted secular India more densely Pakistan and after seven seven decades. They are being told that you're not Indian enough. But how could this new law affect you. Because I'm not able to provide documents for you. Is that not true. I'm saying I don't know they might reject these documents on the basis of anything. We have this example of a Sam in front of us that if even if there is a slight spelling mistake if there is anything there are people who were serving in an army a gentleman. He served for four decades and he could not provide documents documents under an artsy. You mentioned detention camps. That are those actually being built. They are being to be already have a few thousand people living in innocent in detention camps view India. A new normal today any TV stockton sheltie reports from this massive center. It's India's first attention action center which will house lacks of people who will be declared stateless after various appeals. And it's been all close to ten years that are people living in contention camps under UN human conditions that has nobody from outside. WHO's allowed to go in and check? How exactly they are? They're doing inside There are reports that even in in major city is planning to build these detect detention camps are A. How likely is it that the law is going to be challenged? In the Supreme Court there are Hordes of people so they may be one petition safer Muslims. They may be one petition from say Christians but this is going to be largely the civil society groups That are going to the Supreme Court and I have full faith on India's Supreme Court India's judiciary that they will strike down at one glance because there's does nothing that suggests that this will pass the scrutiny off the court with how long will that take for a for a court to hear the case and issue a decision that is actually part of it. Not that you know the time between now and when we finally have destruct down they may be a lot of damage that we will already see happening on the streets of"