‘‘ With the Cit­i­zen­ship Bill, peace in the North-east is be­ing put to risk for one par­lia­men­tary elec­tion

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rec­og­nized as the ba­sis of cit­i­zen­ship, then it is the first step to­wards in­tro­duc­ing two kinds of cit­i­zen­ships in the coun­try. This could be the first step to­wards for­mal­iz­ing what has been hap­pen­ing in­for­mally in the last four-five years. Once this for­mal­ity be­gins, this is a be­gin­ning of a road to a Hindu na­tion which is ex­actly what the

It is not sur­prise that it comes with NRC. What NRC, which orig­i­nally comes from the As­sam Ac­cord, if prop­erly im­ple­mented should do is weed out those who came to In­dia after 24 March 1971. This in­cludes Hin­dus as well as Mus­lims. Es­ti­mates say that of the 40 lakh, 25 lakh are Mus­lim Ben­galis and 15 lakh are Hindu Ben­galis who have been put in that po­ten­tially for­eigner cat­e­gory. What this bill does is res­cue those 15 lakh Hindu Ben­galis. It would mean that they are no longer il­le­gal and would le­git­imize their cases. What it does is opens a back­door exit for all of them. They will es­cape the NRC which will then be­come only a Mus­lim witch-hunt ex­er­cise which is not what the Supreme Court wanted. It is not what the As­sam move­ment wanted. NRC ex­er­cise has suf­fered for eter­nity. There have been ground-level dis­crim­i­na­tion al­le­ga­tions. What this would do is open a for­mal le­gal route for all the Hin­dus to es­cape and ev­ery Mus­lim to be nailed. It is not just re­li­gious dis­crim­i­na­tion. I am sur­prised and shocked how few In­di­ans have taken in­ter­est in this. This po­ten­tially al­ters the char­ac­ter of our na­tion.

In such a sit­u­a­tion, what

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