Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindunationalist government said the so-called Citizenship Amendment Bill was meantto protect “besieged” minorities. Police chase away demonstrators during a protest in Guwahati, India on Dec. 11. REUTERS/ANUWAR HAZARIKA GUWAHATI – India moved thousands oftroops into the northeastern state of Assam on Thursday as violent protestserupted against a new law that would make it easier for non-Muslim minoritiesfrom neighboring countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan to seek Indiancitizenship. As India’s upper house of parliamentpassed the bill in the early hours of Thursday, protests took place acrossIndia’s northeast.(Reuters) Critics said it undermines thecountry’s secular constitution by not offering protection to Muslims whileothers argue it will open India’s northern states to a flood of foreigners.