For decades this has made Assam a hotbed of inter-religious and ethnic tensions, adding to pressure for a lasting solution. Sporadic violence has included the 1983 massacre of around 2,000 people.
Over 19 lakh people in Assam were left out of the much-awaited final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) released on a rain-soaked Saturday morning amid heightened security.
Security was tightened in the Indian state of Assam on Friday before the release of a “citizens register” expected to leave millions deemed “foreign infiltrators” facing detention camps and even deportation.
A draft register last year left off more than four million people living in the north-eastern state, and India's Hindu nationalist government has indicated it wants to replicate the process nationwide.
Are Donald Trump’s migrant detention camps coming closer home? I mean India. If as reports state, roughly two million people are expected to be left off the final National Register of Citizens register, Assam is likely to face a massive humanitarian challenge in a couple of months from now (“Assam security tight for Indian ‘citizen’s list’ release,” Aug. 31, Gulf Today).
The government has done well in assuring the people that those left out of the final NRC will not be detained and they can appeal against their exclusion in the Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT).
The under-construction detention camp at Matia in western Assama’s Goalpara district is adding to the fear of thousands of people who failed to make it to the just published National Register of Citizens (NRC).
Top BJP leaders, including Modi, have been campaigning heavily to win West Bengal and dislodge the state’s chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, as well as retain power in northeastern Assam and expand the party’s influence in the southern states.
Hindu nationalist agenda is being challenged by monthslong farmer protests and a fresh wave of the pandemic.