NRC in Assam can Burn the State!

The moot point in the NRC registration is anybody who has entered the state after March 24, 1971 will be considered a foreigner. There are crores of such families in Assam, which makes this move a very risky one.

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NRC in Assam can Burn the State!
NRC in Assam can Burn the State!
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Assamese has a point that their state is being crowded by allegedly illegal immigrants from the neighboring Bangladesh. On the midnight of 31 December 2017, the Assam government published the first draft of the National Register of Citizens that has names of 1.9 crore people. In total, 3.3 crore people from 68.7 lakh families have submitted 6 crore documents that are claimants that they are citizens of India.

Genesis of NRC in Assam

  • Supreme Court directives guided the first draft
  • All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) raised the issue of anti-foreigner movement in June 1979
  • The related death of Hiralal Patwari, Lok Sabha member in 1978 forced a by-election
  • Dramatic increases of the election rolls
  • Suspected ill-immigrants behind the increase in the rolls
  • Rajiv Gandhi government, AASU and Asom Gana Sangram Parishad signed Assam Peace Accord in 1985

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The moot point in the NRC registration is anybody who has entered the state after March 24, 1971 will be considered a foreigner. There are crores of such families in Assam, which makes this move a very risky one. If India tries to deport crores of people to Bangladesh, the state can burn because of the anguish of the affected people. Moreover, Bangladesh might not be willing to take back such huge number of alleged immigrants. In that case, there will be diplomatic standoff between the two nations. In fact, Dhaka is most likely to object as complying India’s demand can make Sheikh Hasina’s government extremely unpopular with the common people. What will India do then? Will it resort to Myanmar style of eviction?  Further, the families that have stayed in this country for 40 years have almost two generations who are born here.

Will they be forced to leave their home, belongings and livelihood to what is now a foreign land for them? Can one imagine how painful and painstaking the exodus would be? It will almost be like the kind migration that took place during partition. Everybody knows what misery people went through during the mass migration of partition. Does Modi want to repeat it in the Indian soil again?  And if the situation of the same arrives, the alleged illegal migrants, in desperation, will try to spread out in the neighboring states crating huge mayhem in the process. If Modi takes such a risk, it can backfire him in the coming electoral fortunes. BJP is betting on thin ice which dangerous not only for them, but also for the entire nation!