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Modi's religion-based citizenship bill triggers outrage

Non-Muslims from neighboring countries would gain from Indian legislation

Protesters in Kolkata burn Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in effigy on Dec. 5 over a bill that would grant citizenship to religious minorities facing persectution in neighboring Muslim countries.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- The Indian government's controversial proposal to grant citizenship to religious minorities in three neighboring countries has sparked outrage, with critics warning it will marginalize India's roughly 195 million Muslims.

The lower house of parliament on Monday approved a bill that would grant citizenship to Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and members of three other minority religious groups who have fled to India to escape persecution in Muslim-majority Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

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