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India Strongly Rejects U.S. Criticism of Citizenship Amendment Act

India vehemently dismissed criticisms, including those from the United States, against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), asserting that “vote-bank politics” should not influence perceptions of the initiative aimed at assisting those in need. Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal rebuffed the charges made by the U.S. State Department, cautioning against lectures from those with limited understanding of India’s pluralistic traditions.

Jaiswal labeled the U.S. statement on the CAA’s implementation as “misplaced, misinformed, and unwarranted,” emphasizing that the act aligns with India’s inclusive ethos and commitment to human rights. He underscored that the CAA provides refuge to persecuted minorities from neighboring countries, ensuring their safety and well-being in India.

India’s notification of the Citizenship Amendment Rules, 2024, sparked concerns from the U.S., prompting State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller to express vigilance over its implementation. Despite U.S. concerns, India maintains that its constitution guarantees religious freedom and underscores the necessity of initiatives to aid distressed individuals without succumbing to political considerations.