GENDER The Transgender Persons Protection and Rights Bill (2016) was passed in the Lok Sabha with 27 amendments to it. The transgender community however feels that the Bill is discriminatory and criminalizes the community. One of the greatest objections raised about the Bill is that it does not give the transgender community the right to self-determination.
POLITICS A bandh was organised in Assam to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 to grant Indian citizenship to all non-Muslim refugees who left India due to religious persecution and entered India prior to December 31, 2014. The BJP opposed the bandh and the Congress and AGP supported it.
VIEWPOINT As more than 40 lacs citizens have been left out from the list and have been rendered stateless, the state of Assam faces a turbulent phase when notions of identity, statehood and political dynamics all come face to face posing several questions before the people. Chandreyee Goswami
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