‘CAA has left India embarrassed on global platforms’

Hyderabad: Claiming that CAA has proved to be a blot for India and country’s international image may take a beating due to the contentious law, the New Indian Express in its story ‘CAA: UNHCHR plea may leave India embarrassed on global platforms’ stated: “The Citizenship Amendment Act continues to be a bane for India on the global stage with the latest embarrassment coming in the form of an intervention plea filed by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) in the Supreme Court.”

What experts & foreign diplomats say

Citing experts and foreign diplomats’ comments, the story went on to claim that the move will result in a major loss of face for India at the global stage.

It quoted a senior researcher at the Indian Council for World Affairs as saying, “Since Parliament passed the CAA, there have been a host of leaders and organisations that have spoken out against it calling it discriminatory. Even internally, the government has faced backlash from citizens in the form of protests.”

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Foreign leaders call it discriminatory

The daily noted: “A host of leaders like former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have voiced their concerns against the CAA, calling it discriminatory. A draft resolution, signed by over 600 Members of European Parliament (MEPs), against the Act also was debated at the European Parliament on which voting was deferred to the next plenary. Resolutions against the Act have also been passed by two US city councils.”

India will have to answer questions on global platform

The report also quoted Ajit Singh, a research scholar at the Institute of Conflict Management as saying, “The government has been trying to explain to the world that the CAA is in people’s best interest but the loss of face the Centre is facing due to it is something which it was not prepared for. Now with the UN human rights body also expressing concern over the CAA, India will have to answer a lot of questions on the global platform.”

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India’s image will take a beating

The newspaper quoted a former ambassador to China who said, “At the global level, India is known to uphold values of human rights and is often cited as an example. But with UNHCHR’s concerns, India’s image will definitely take a beating.”

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