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In late 2019, both houses of the Indian Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA). The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was keen to change India’s citizenship laws. In doing so, she was able to stave off a possible political backlash against the recently closed National Register (NRC), which excluded 1.2 million Hindus.
Three years have passed since the CAA was passed, but the CAA remains unimplemented. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Auxiliary Laws has repeatedly extended the deadline for the government to draft rules for a new citizenship law. After much back and forth, the Supreme Court finally began hearing a petition challenging the constitutionality of the CAA. CAA accelerates citizenship through naturalization of Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and undocumented Parsis from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan who entered India before 2015 opened the way to