Briefing Note: Citizenship, Constitutionalism and Civil Liberties

Briefing Note

Citizenship, Constitutionalism and Civil Liberties - A Briefing Note on Recent Developments in India

Published 17 July 2020
Revised 4 August 2020

Indian Citizenship and Statelessness Research Project Briefing Note prepared by the Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness and the Asian Law Centre.

India’s Constitution commits it to democracy, equality, secularism, asymmetrical federalism and the protection of civil liberties, including freedom of speech and religious freedom. Nevertheless, each of these commitments is now under threat from authoritarian nationalism.

This note offers a brief summary of developments in India, primarily over 2019-2020, relating to (I) risks of statelessness and (II) authoritarian nationalism.

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