On Wednesday, 11 December, the Rajya Sabha passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). While speaking exclusively to The Quint at an event in Mumbai, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap reacted to the implementation of CAB and said, “My instant reaction to it? My instant reaction to it is why and how and it’s not going to stop. We have voted for it, we should keep getting it. We will keep getting it. I’ve like literally switched off, I do not endorse anything.”
"“Either you get into it the whole hog or just let it be. We have to go through this cycle so that we can understand it can happen to any person, the consequences of something like this. Only then will we grow as a society.”" - Anurag Kashyap, Filmmaker
The passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, completes the legislative procedure for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
More than 600 prominent personalities, including artists, authors and former judges have urged the Narendra Modi-led government to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill calling the proposed legislation that excludes non-Muslim refugees as “divisive, discriminatory and unconstitutional.”
The signatories include writers Nayantara Sahgal, Ashok Vajpeyi, Arundhati Roy, Paul Zacharia, Amitav Ghosh and Shashi Deshpande; artists such as TM Krishna, Atul Dodiya, Vivan Sundaram, Sudhir Patwardhan, Gulammohammed Sheikh and Nilima Sheikh; filmmakers such as Aparna Sen, Nandita Das and Anand Patwardhan; scholars such as Romila Thapar, Prabhat Patnaik, Ramachandra Guha, Geeta Kapur, Akeel Bilgrami and Zoya Hasan; activists such as Teesta Setalvad, Harsh Mander, Aruna Roy and Bezwada Wilson; and others including (Retd) Justice AP Shah, Yogendra Yadav, GN Devy, Nandini Sundar and Wajahat Habibullah.
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