Hyderabad: On the wee hours of December 19, many Bollywood actors and academicians came out to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act and National Register of Citizens. Many people later joined these protests, as Indian-Canadian actress Lisa Ray is one among them. She cited the example of her father in her tweet and asked how he can prove his citizenship under NRC and CAA.

She said, “My father was born in 1933, in undivided India. He has no birth certificate. My grandfather was a judge who was transferred every 3 years to another district in what today is known as Bangladesh. They returned to Kolkata August 15, 1947. Under NRC how would they prove citizenship (sic).”

Along with her tweet, she shared a picture of BR Muralidharan’s post. The latter is a Navi Mumbai-based Chartered Accountant who shared about his complicated birth and the factors that can prove crucial in proving his citizenship. His post read, “I have no birth certificate. I have no record of my father or mother. I happen to be a Hindu settled in Mumbai. What if I was from Assam and a different community. Would I be sent into a detention centre for life?”

Lisa Ray’s example demonstrates the complicated and controversial nature of the two Acts that have outraged citizens across the country. Lisa Ray is popular for her roles in Veerappan and Kasoor. She started her career as a model, and her father is LK Dutta, an Indian citizen by birth. She is also an author, having written a book titled ‘Close to the Bone’.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter. A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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