India’s New Law – level 3
India’s government recently passed a law to give citizenship to many small religious groups living in India except for Muslims.
The law will naturalize persecuted groups such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians. The people would have to prove that they have lived in India for at least six years.
The law’s supporters say that the law will protect these groups and makes illegal immigration more difficult. The law’s critics say that the law does not follow the Indian government’s constitution and says that Muslims are less important.
Muslims are about 15% of Indian’s population. Other critics say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has made the situation between Hindus and Muslims more difficult in India. In August, about 2 million Muslims could not be part of a federal registry of citizens in Assam.
Difficult words: naturalize (to officially become a citizen of another country), persecuted (oppressed, treated badly), constitution (an official government document that explains the laws of a country), federal registry (an official government list of all people living in a country).
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