In minority-dominated areas of Assam, home and land are tangible markers of identity in a state that is days away from the July 31 deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC).
In 33 years, 64,000 in Assam have been declared foreigners by ex parte orders. Under what circumstances do Foreigners’ Tribunals deliver such orders? Ahead of publication of final NRC, a look at a complex process.
Hoque’s family, all of whom figure in the NRC, says his name was in the NRC draft too but was dropped in the Additional Exclusion List published last month since a Foreigners’ Tribunal had declared him a foreigner.