Two Indian states pledge to preserve land in face of new citizenship law
West Bengal and Assam say they will protect the rights of indigenous people and refugees
Mumbai — Authorities in the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal have vowed to protect the land rights of indigenous people and refugees amid protests against a new citizenship law that critics say discriminates against Muslims.
In the northeastern state of Assam, a planned law will prevent indigenous people from selling land to nonindigenous persons, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. “That means our land will be preserved for our people,” Sarma told reporters at the weekend after the state cabinet passed the measure...