The politics of perception and the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019

Bhattacharjee, Malini (2020) The politics of perception and the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019. Dialogue, 22 (2). pp. 25-32.

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The contours of politics often get shaped not so much on the basis of the actual impact of certain policies but more by the perceptions about their impact by different stakeholders. The Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019 and the controversy it has created is an important example in this regard. As Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal gear up for State Assembly elections this year, the CAA is back in public discourse and will possibly be a turning point in deciding the electoral outcomes in at least some states, if not more. Some analysts have argued that the CAA is likely to have an important impact in the elections of Assam as the CAA-NRC controversy has its genesis in Assam and because the sentiment against the ‘foreigner’ has been the highest in the region since several decades now owing to historical reasons.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Bhattacharjee, Malini
Uncontrolled Keywords: Citizenship Amendment Act 2019, CAA, NRC, Assam, State assembly election, Politics India, Partition, Political cleavages
Subjects: Social sciences > Political Science
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Public Policy and Governance
Full Text Status: Public
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