Article 14: A Flawed Argument

For close to a month now, ever since the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was cleared by the Union Cabinet for introduction in the Parliament, the passionate yet constitutionally and logically untenable opposition to the then CAB and now the CAA has primarily been mounted on grounds of alleged violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. It has been argued over and over again by the opponents of the CAA that since the Indian State cannot deny to “any person” equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India, the CAA fails to pass Constitutional muster owing to its limited and specific scope.

Contrary to the myth that been pushed deliberately, the CAA does not automatically grant citizenship to members of the six communities from the said three countries. Following are the limited benefits that flow from the CAA to its beneficiaries…

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