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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Assam NRC

The National Register of Citizens (NRC), prepared in 1951, contains the names of all Indian citizens. To stop the illegal migration in border states, the updation process of NRC was started in 2013 on the direction of Supreme Courtand was completed in July 30, 2018. Any person, whose name does not appear on the 1951 NRC list, will be declared an illegal migrant and faces deportation or jail. The NRC exercise has become highly controversial, especially in Assam, where the base year of identifying citizenship is 1971, under the Assam Accord. People whose names appear on any voter list in Assam up to March 24 midnight, 1971 are eligible for NRC. The exercise has come under scrutiny as many people, whose forefathers and relatives were mentioned in the original list, fail to find their name in the updated draft. With the final draft set to be published on August 31, people in Assam are running against time to prove their nationality.


60-year-old woman lodged in Assam detention camp dies, toll rises to 30

April 07, 2020 1:53 pm

The woman, who was in detention since February 2018 according to jail records, was a cancer patient. With this, the total number of deaths in Assam's detention centres has risen to 30.

Prateek Hajela of Assam NRC fame is removed as health chief after power shift in Bhopal

April 02, 2020 7:32 am

On Wednesday, after addressing a meeting to review the state’s preparedness to meet the COVID-19 threat, Chief Minister Chouhan ordered the removal of Hajela.

Gauhati High Court sets aside Tribunal order on ‘foreigner’, calls it ‘perversity’

March 04, 2020 7:09 am

The order comes after the HC last month upheld Foreigners’ Tribunal orders declaring two women from extremely poor families as ‘foreigners’, ruling that multiple documentary evidence they had submitted were not enough to establish their Indian citizenship.

Assam NRC to have no Bangladesh implication: Foreign Secy Harsh Vardhan Shringla

March 03, 2020 2:00 am

This assurance was given by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla during the first high-level visit from India to Bangladesh since the CAA issue introduced strains in an otherwise robust bilateral relationship.

Gauhati High Court rejects Assam woman’s 8 documents, mother’s testimony

February 26, 2020 12:48 pm

In Assam, citizenship is traced by descent, which means that to be considered an Indian citizen in the state, it is imperative that they link their identity to that of a pre-1971 ancestor.

Assam: NRC data back online

February 22, 2020 10:24 am

The status of 3.3 crore applicants to the Assam NRC — published on August 31, 2019 — was inaccessible due to non-renewal of IT Services Contract with Wipro, the company which looks after the online NRC data.

Jabeda’s case

February 20, 2020 11:24 am

Functioning of Foreigners Tribunals in Assam reveals the error-prone nature of the exercise of establishing citizenship.

Protests are not just against the CAA-NRIC-NPR trinity, but have already succeeded in numerous ways

February 28, 2020 10:22 pm

The other part of the movement, therefore, must be to deepen our unity and solidarity. It must address not just the state but each of us. In the end, the kind of country we become will be determined not by law or court judgments, but by whether love or hate colonises our hearts.

154 prominent citizens write to President Kovind supporting CAA, NPR, NRC

February 17, 2020 7:44 pm

In a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind, the citizens urged the central government to look into the ongoing protests with all seriousness and safeguard the democratic institutions of the country, and take stern action against those people behind them.

‘Will they take me away?’

February 16, 2020 1:03 pm

As the narrative moves on to CAA and a possible nation-wide NRC, the Assam list hangs in a limbo. So does the fate of children out of it. The Centre has assured the Supreme Court, Parliament that such children, whose parents are on the list, won’t be taken to detention centres. But that hasn’t lessened their dread, of being sent away to “a place called Bangladesh”.


Assam NRC final list out: Assam NRC website crashes, people queue up at Seva Kendras

August 31, 2019 12:46 pm

Assam’s final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published Saturday. Of the 3.3 crore applicants, over 19 lakh were excluded from the final list.