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India’s citizenship laws are a nightmare of bureaucratic rules that have left everyone confused. The details don’t make for good emotional speeches or viral tweets. The complex nature of the CAA-NPR-NRC “chronology” laws has allowed the Narendra Modi government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to say contradictory things about them, depending on what suits them politically.

How much do you know about India’s citizenship laws? Who is a citizen, and who is not? Take this quiz.

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  1. This quiz is just another example of the “journalism” being practiced by this dubious “agency”. It’s as fake as these people come. It’s another lie peddled by the yellow journalists.

  2. If citizenship laws are nightmare, how come left front of W Bengal under Jyotida unfiltered Bangla desh migrants, gave them citizenship ( Refugee/ migrants) and after registering as voter ruled bengal for 37 years, even Mamta has filled 10 districts with Bangla illegal migrants to rule life, throwing out Bengal Residents’ Hindus into rest of India/ NE….also these migrants are settled in metro of India used as vote banks….. Telegraph paper was edited by Mr MJ Akbar, but presently he is in BJP, supporting CAA/ NRC/ NPR etc.???????

  3. The CAA is the fruit for Hindu community which are with or the without proper documents the government first step is CAA second step is NRC anti Muslim law and NPR is the information data to help government to target innocent Muslim with the improper documents

  4. This question is intimidating
    I am a Muslim from Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan who came to India with passport and visa but my documents have expired and I continue to live in India. I could:
    Ans: Get deported
    It is true for Muslims of Other countries true or even true Hindus of countries like Germany (Or list of countries not mentioned in CAA)

  5. Some of the questions have multiple answers. In such a scenario it’s best practice to inform respondents that, that may be the case either before the questionnaire or usually at the level of the question itself. If these results are going to be reported on (which I suspect they will) then one’s methods of data collection must be as tight as possible.

  6. Question about person born before 1987- explanation is correct that only citizenship documents of the individual is required i..e no need for Parents/Grand Parents documents however answer given is incorrect. Correct answer option is not there in all 4 options. Please rectify to avoid confusion.

  7. The question regarding the proof of citizenship for a person born before 2nd July 1987 , don’t have the option of only his citizenship. Plz explain it

  8. I am not satisfied by the way answer to a CAA related question was explained . i.e. “thanks t o CAA that if documents of illegal immigrents has expired , non muslims will be given citizenship , but muslims won’ be given . As we know , basis of CAA is religious persecution by three neighbouring countries . Your answer does not mention religious persecution .
    Now I doubt the validity of answers to some other questions .

  9. What BS!

    There is no explanation grounded in law for any of the answers. They are just making it up as they go. This is coming from a lawyer!!!

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