Degree Type

Creative Component

Semester of Graduation

Fall 2020


Political Science

First Major Professor

Jonathan Hassid


Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science


Does India want a unified and diverse country? This question has been under review after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act of 2019 (CAA), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The amendment has divided India by further discriminating against the Muslim minority community, threatening secularity, and provoking violence. Prime Minister Modi has the goal of fully integrating Kashmir into India, but as Hindu nationalism spreads throughout India, this goal is mystifying. The amendment has provided the Prime Minister a boost of support from the Hindu majority community and those with similar values, while international attention has turned negative. The Kashmir conflict will move backward, as India is unwilling to acknowledge its citizens and find a lasting solution with Pakistan. I advocate for the CAA's termination to end discrimination against Muslims and unite India as a diverse and robust democracy that wants to find solutions to conflicts that involve its citizens and territory.

Copyright Owner

Bidner, Natalie

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