A policeman looks on as supporters of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attend a rally in support of a new citizenship law, in Chennai. Picture: Reuters

For decades India has been heralded as the largest democracy in the world with a pluralist society of tolerance and diversity. But no longer.

The sectarian hatred that prevailed at the time of India’s partition has now been reawakened by political forces bent on making India an exclusivist Hindu country. 

Today the rise of fascism in India is inescapable and the silence of the international community is deafening. 

Last month India’s parliament passed the Citizen’s Amendment Act (CAA) which has successfully legalised discrimination on the basis of religion, a fundamental right protected by the Indian constitution since its formation. The Act allows those living in India prior to 2014 who are from neighbouring Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan to have Indian citizenship, but not if they are Muslim.

This Act was enacted along with another law – the National Register for Citizens, which is in force in the state of Assam and is to be rolled out across the country.