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The NRC in Assam doesn’t just violate human rights of millions – it also breaks international law -Mohsin Alam Bhat & Aashish Yadav India has defaulted on its international obligations by interning people in detention centres and depriving them of their right to nationality. More than a year since the final list of Assam’s National Register of Citizens was released on August 31, 2019, the government has neither formally notified it nor issued orders to reject it. This has left the 1,906,657 excluded persons and their families in a state of excruciating uncertainty. Without...

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‘Doubtful Indians’ in Assam get a centre to learn their rights -Rahul Karmakar

-The Hindu A group of 100 volunteers from various fields have teamed up with lawyers to arm economically and educationally weak people with knowledge about their rights against victimisation Guwahati: Aditpur has not been known for academics. But this village, about 20 km from western Assam’s Barpeta town, is teaching the Constitution of India to “doubtful” Indians who have never heard of it. Local activists and youth had on December 20 opened a...

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National Population Register: Questionnaire is being finalised, says Registrar General of India -Vijaita Singh

-The Hindu “The Hindu”, in a query filed under the RTI Act, sought information on the expected date of the first phase of Census 2021 and an update of the NPR. The office of the Registrar General of India (RGI) has said the schedule or the questionnaire of the National Population Register (NPR) is “being finalised” and the information about the expected date of first phase of Census 2021 is “not available.” The...

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NRC fundamentally wrong… new one after polls if SC allows: Himanta -Abhishek Saha

-The Indian Express The state government has appealed to the Supreme Court for a re-verification of the names included in the NRC — 20 per cent of included names in border districts and 10 per cent elsewhere. Guwahati: Ahead of elections in Assam early next year, senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday told the media that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published in August last year is “fundamentally wrong” and...

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Has Bangladesh’s economic rise taken the wind out of the NRC narrative? -Shoaib Daniyal The final NRC data seems to have belied myths about both the quantum of migration from Bangladesh as well as the religious affilitation of the migrants. For more than five decades now, fear of migration from Bangladesh (and earlier Pakistan’s East Bengal province) has influenced the politics of Assam. To justify this, very high estimates of numbers of Bangladeshi migrants have been put out in the public domain in India. In 1997,...

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