Muslims in India’s Assam state, bordering Bangladesh, are in a state of panic ahead of the publication of the final draft of a National Record of Citizens (NRC), or verified registry of Indian nationals in the violence-prone province, on Monday.
Tens of thousands of Assam’s Muslims fear that their names would be excluded from the NRC directory reducing them to stateless persons or illegal aliens who would be disenfranchised and thrown into prison.
Their fears have been stoked by the recent submission of Prateek Hajela, Coordinator NRC belonging to he Indian Administrative Service (IAS), before the Supreme Court that around 1,50,000 persons are likely to fail Assam’s lineage-based citizenship test.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) federal government and the BJP government in Assam are issuing last moment assurances to calm them down but frightened minorities are bracing for the worst because of the BJP’s record of targeting them and Assam’s history of anti-Muslim pogroms.
Assam is the only Indian state to conduct a citizenship verification exercise on such a massive scale. And no other state has a full-fledged Border Police to sniff out foreigners. Assam’s obsession with immigrants has no parallels in the whole country.
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