Assam’s experience with compiling a National Register of Citizens is a trailer for the massive turmoil that India will experience if the NRC is implemented in every state in the Indian Union as Amit Shah insists it will be. Nearly two million residents were left off the NRC’s rolls. The BJP’s enthusiasm for the NRC was based on its expectation that those winnowed out would be Muslims; as it happened, over half the people who didn’t have the paperwork to prove their citizenship turned out to be Hindus.
The BJP finance minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, has rejected the NRC in its present incarnation; in lockstep with Amit Shah, he has demanded a new nationwide NRC under which Assam would be surveyed again.…
Once the CAB is passed by Parliament, the BJP can weaponize the NRC, secure in the knowledge that Hindus caught in the NRC’s dragnet will not have to be persecuted or interned because the CAB specifically amnesties all non-Muslims and puts them on an accelerated path to citizenship.…
- On NRC, Shah and Gogoi show a similar disregard for suffering of the vulnerable – By Harsh Mander (Nov 25, 2019, Indian Express)
- The misadventure of a new citizenship regime – By Niraja Gopal Jayal (Nov 27, 2019, The Hindu)
- Citizenship and Assam: An Explainer on the Legal Questions That Still Loom Large – By Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty (Nov 25, 2019, The Wire)
- Assam’s Detention Camps are akin to Germany’s Concentration Camps: Thinkers – By Zamser Ali (Nov 26, 2019, Sabrang India)