Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today defended the Citizenship Law Amendment that's prompted the biggest wave of protests ever against his Hindu nationalist government. He said opponents are fomenting "a fear psychosis," spreading rumors of Muslim detention camps to undermine new immigration rules. Enacted Dec. 11, they accommodate religious persecution victims — but not Muslims.
What's actually happening? The government is planning nationwide detention facilities for those who fail to document their citizenship and are deemed illegal migrants. Most of the 23 killed during protests have been in Assam state, where some 1 million Muslims were recently excluded from the National Register of Citizens.