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Five things to know about India's revised citizenship law

Prime Minister Modi appeals for calm as protesters take to streets nationwide

A protester holds a placard during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the police crackdown on Jamia students, outside Jamia Millia Islamia University, on Dec. 16 in Chennai, India.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India's contentious new citizenship law, which was approved by parliament last week, has sparked large-scale protests across the country, as it is seen by many as anti-Muslim and a violation of the country's constitutional guarantees of equality for all.

The law fast-tracks the process of granting citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from the neighboring Muslim-majority countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, enabling those migrants to become citizens after residing in India for five years, versus 11 years under the old rules.

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