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If CAB “Genuinely Benevolent” why doesn’t it includes Sri Lankan Tamils? Asks Kamal Haasan

On Monday Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment), Bill. It will be tabled in Rajya Sabha for its consideration on Wednesday

New Delhi: Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan on Tuesday wondered why Tamils and Muslims from Sri Lanka were left out of the ambit of the Citizenship Amendment Bill if it was a “genuinely benevolent” legislation.

Haasan raised the question “Why are Tamils who are subjected to a systematic massacre and Muslims facing discrimination, be eliminated from the CAB? If it’s a genuinely benevolent bill and not a vote gathering exercise, then why won’t this CAB stop to pick up stranded Tamils and troubled Muslims of Sri Lanka?”.

Earlier, spiritual guru Ravi Shankar and lyricist Vairamuthu had batted for providing citizenship to Lankan refugees staying in the nation for over three generations.

On Monday Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment), Bill. It will be tabled in Rajya Sabha for its consideration on Wednesday.

According to the proposed legislation, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who came to India from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan by December 31, 2014, and faced religious mistreatment in those nations, will not be treated as illegal immigrants and given Indian citizenship.

In Tamil Nadu, a significant number of Sri Lankan Tamils live in various parts of the state, including in government camps. Many of them had fled Sri Lanka during the ethnic conflict in the 1980s.

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