NEW DELHI: In a historic move, Parliament on Wednesday passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.\n\n\n\nWith a majority of 125 is to 99 the\u00a0Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passed the Rajya Sabha test.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nThe bill received support from friendly parties including the AIADMK, BJD, TDP, YSR-Congress while the Shiv Sena walked out before voting commenced. \n\n\n\nAlso Read Fresh protests erupt against Citizenship Amendment Bill\n\n\n\nThe Assam and the Northeast have been on the boil\u00a0 but the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government hailed it as a landmark day.\n\n\n\nHere's how the foreign media reacted :\n\n\n\n Divisive Citizenship Bill \n\n\n\nThe\u00a0New York Times\u00a0has carried an article with the headline, "Indian Parliament Passes Divisive Citizenship Bill, Moving It Closer to Law". The article further writes:\n\n\n\n"The upper house of the Indian Parliament passed a contentious citizenship bill on Wednesday, bringing a religiously polarizing measure one step closer to law as new protests erupted across the country."\n\n\n\nAlso ReadWhy Lankan Tamils, Muslims left out of CAB? asks Kamal Hassan\n\n\n\n"The measure, called the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, uses religion as a criterion for determining whether illegal migrants in India can be fast-tracked for citizenship. The bill favors members of all South Asia's major religions except Islam, and leaders of India's 200-million-strong Muslim community have called it blatant discrimination," read the\u00a0New York Times\u00a0report.\n\n\n\nAl Jazeera\u00a0has written, "The bill brings sweeping changes to India's 64-year-old citizenship law by giving citizenship to "persecuted" minorities - Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians - from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan."\n\n\n\n Pointedly excludes Islam \n\n\n\nThe Washington Post\u00a0has carried the headline, "India passes controversial citizenship law excluding Muslim migrants". \n\n\n\nThe article says, "Lawmakers in India on Wednesday passed a fundamental change to its citizenship law to include religion as a criterion for nationality for the first time, deepening concerns that a country founded on secular ideals is becoming a Hindu state that treats Muslims as second-class citizens."\n\n\n\nAlso ReadWill officially declare as Muslim if CAB is passed: Harsh Mander\n\n\n\nThe Post\u00a0further adds, "The new legislation creates a path to citizenship for migrants who belong to several South Asian religions but pointedly excludes Islam, the faith practiced by 200 million Indian citizens."\n\n\n\nThe\u00a0Independent\u00a0has said, "India's ruling Hindu nationalist government has won parliamentary approval for a controversial law that would make it easier for refugees of certain faiths from neighbouring countries to gain citizenship, but not Muslims."\n\n\n\n Citizenship (Amendment) Bill \n\n\n\nThe Citizenship (Amendment) Bill brought in by the Modi government, seeks to make an exception to this by bringing in religion to give refuge illegal infiltrators. \n\n\n\nAlso ReadThe only aim of CAB is to harass Muslims; shield Hindus\n\n\n\nAccording to the Bill, people belonging to the minority communities - namely Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians - from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, facing religious persecution, will be given citizenship in India. \n\n\n\nMuslims refugees are not covered in the ambit of the bill and are not welcome.\n\n\n\nThe Bill violates the Assam Accord of 1985.