December 20, 2019

IntelBrief: India’s Increasing Unrest

Indians gather during a protest rally against the Citizen Amendment Act in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.  (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade).
  • Protests continue in India over the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act, which provides for expedited citizenship but specifically excludes Muslims.
  • The new law applies to people who entered India before 2014 from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh if they belong to six specified religions.
  • The Hindu-nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen as trying to marginalize and demonize India’s 200 million Muslims.
  • Growing religious and sectarian tensions in India have been exacerbated by the spread of disinformation across social media, which has frequently led to real-world violence.