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Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty

The National Capital Territory of Delhi is not new to political spectacles or drama as they say, especially since the last three years when the AAP Government came to power with Arvind Kejriwal at the helm, but the developments of the past one week have surprised even the weary political experts.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, has caused widespread fear and consternation in Assam in particular and the North-East in general. The Bill, if and when it becomes an Act, will give Indian citizenship to all persons belonging to all religions, except the Muslims, emigrating from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to India. For this purpose, the Third Schedule of the original Act of 1955 will be amended to reduce the period of residence in India from eleven years to six years.