Strip­ping Ci­ti­zen­ship

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This is with ref­er­ence to the ar­ti­cle ‘The Lost Cit­i­zens’ by Dr. Moo­nis Ah­mar. Get­ting ci­ti­zen­ship is the most im­por­tant thing As­sam, state­less peo­ple are de­prived of this right. A list of cit­i­zens in As­sam called Na­tional Regis­ter of Cit­i­zens (NRC), a pol­icy of the In­dian Gov­ern­ment led by the BJP, has short­listed two mil­lion res­i­dents out of 32 mil­lion who were to be de­ported be­cause of their ori­gin in Bangladesh. In sim­ple words, In­dia is strip­ping two mil­lion peo­ple of ci­ti­zen­ship, par­tic­u­larly tar­get­ing Mus­lim mi­grants, and the gov­ern­ment of As­sam is also mum about it. The cri­sis will have con­se­quences in In­dia and be­yond its bor­ders be­cause if In­dia is try­ing to trans­form the coun­try into a Hindu state, it will con­tra­dict the In­dian im­age of a sec­u­lar, demo­cratic and po­lit­i­cally plu­ral­ist so­ci­ety. Asin Joshi,

As­sam, In­dia.

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