COLOMBO, Sri Lanka

As protests rage across India, minority Tamils in Sri Lanka also came out strongly against India’s controversial citizenship law, saying it openly “discriminates” Muslims. 

Citing the harassment of minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, the Indian parliament on Dec. 11 amended its citizenship law, offering citizenship rights to Hindu, Buddhist, Sikhs, Christian, Parsi and Jain communities migrating from these countries. The law, however, excluded Muslims, triggering mass protests across the country.

Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, an expert from the Tamil stronghold in Sri Lanka, sadi with the latest move “Indian government attempts to make India a non-secular state” and

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