ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Assam Evictions: A Travesty of Justice and Human Rights

Systemic discrimination and prejudice against a community has led to dehumanising violence.

Citizenship (Amendment) Act: The Pitfalls of Homogenising Identities in Resistance Narratives

While a number of sections of the Indian citizenry have risen against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the dominant discourse of resistance is still largely framed in terms of the issues raised by the state and its agents, including Hindu upper-caste supporters of CAA. However, there is a need for greater reflection on the sociological reality of hierarchical and iniquitous social structure of the Indian subcontinent in resistance narratives.

Citizenship as Participation

The peaceful indefinite sit-in by Muslim women at Shaheen Bagh has become the epicentre of nationwide protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act–National Population Register–National Register of Citizens, as the protestors have brought to the fore a protest performative that is to be comprehended beyond the physical protest site. As a people’s protest in the true sense, it contests the state’s excessive urge to define and dominate, and flags pressing concerns vis-à-vis discrimination in the face of a consumerism-driven argument of inconvenience. In doing so, the protestors help us understand resistance as an expression of belonging and citizenship as a participatory tool, rather than a status granted by the state on the basis of select documents.

Citizenship (Amendment) Act: Enforcement Is Fraught with Legal Hurdles

The union government expended considerable political capital to enact the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. But, the implementation process is likely to lay bare the inherent contradictions of the Act, and could throw up unforeseen challenges for the government.
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