Modi govt organises dinner with actors to hoard support for “discriminatory” citizenship law

Union Minister Piyush Goyal and BJP vice president Jay Panda have invited a number of Bollywood stars to a closed-door event at a five-star hotel in Mumbai to discuss “myths and realities” linked to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA.

“The agenda of the meeting will be to facilitate a discussion on myths and realities pertaining to the Citizenship Amendment Act,” reads the invitation for the event scheduled for today at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai.

“Meeting will be followed by dinner,” it reads.

Akshay Kumar and Kangana Ranaut have been supportive of the government’s policies, others like Anurag Kashyap, Swara Bhasker and Siddharth have been critical of the BJP government led by Narendra Modi.

Last month, many actors condemned Delhi Police’s crackdown on students of Jamia Millia Islamia University, and accused the government of trying to stifle dissent against the CAA.

It is not known who all from Bollywood would turn up at the event on the amended law that fast-tracks the process of giving citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim refugees from three neighbouring countries.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA provides citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. This is the first time that religion has been used to determine Indian citizenship. Critics say it discriminates against Muslims and violates secular principles of the Indian Constitution.