In the Indian state of Assam threatens four million Indians, many among them muslims, their citizenship to lose. Critics fear for ethnic cleansing, the government denies.
Rarely has an administrative document as much despair and fear as Assams new list of inhabitants (National Register of Citizens , or NRC). Assam, an Indian state that borders the …
Rarely has an administrative document as much despair and fear as Assams new list of inhabitants (National Register of Citizens , or NRC). Assam, an Indian state that is adjacent to the (mainly islamic) Bangladesh, has a significant ethnic minority of Bengali muslims. The state wants to for years, its official population count in a census.
According to its supporters, is necessary because since 1971, many migrants illegally from Bangladesh came up, and because the list since 1951 and was not adjusted. Hindu population in Assam fear that their language and culture are threatened. Opponents see in the new census, established under a hindoenationalistische government, a sinister plan for muslims to take.
Under the hindoenationalistische BJP-party lynching and murders of muslims increased, and muslims are represented as ‘volksvreemde’ elements. For many, it makes the NRC registry be the difference between living and working in India, or be picked up in the direction of a closed deportatiecentrum.
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The voltages are walking on, because the updating of the NRC is already months underway. Today gave the authorities a preliminary version is free. Less than four million inhabitants of the state are not in. They have until september to appeal.
But Bangladeshis who live on the overstromingsvlaktes of the Bramaputra river, moving every season, with the rhythm of the water. Often they have hardly any papers to prove who they are, let alone documentation that three decades back. “Ask the average, uneducated Indian from a different state, but even to prove that they are of that state are,” notes lawyer Karuna Nundy on Twitter. To find out whether they are on the list, travel many people now to an official desk.
Bangladeshi activists fear a repetition of what the Rohingya muslims in Myanmar happened. The number of excluded people is very high. India’s largest opposition party, speaks about the irregularities in the preparation of the register. According to Mamata Banerjee, prime minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, people were removed on the basis of surname, even though they had an Indian passport and identification number. ‘Try to use the government’s forced expulsion to boot?’
India’s minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, says that there is no reason to panic. “The Supreme court watches over the process and everyone will get a chance to prove themselves’, he said to NDTV. “Let this administrative procedure does not politicize.’
At the same time, there are already 220 units of the armed police have been sent to Assam.
‘At this point, we’re still looking out what the consequences of that procedure and who will be particularly affected, ” says Meenakshi Ganguly of Human Rights Watch against The Standard. It is certain, however, that stateless persons have a difficult time ahead of us. In India every citizen has a digital identity card is required. Who that has not, will not have access to health care or other social benefits. The inhabitants of Assam who are now ‘prove’ to deliver are very vulnerable.
Meanwhile, it does not help that the BJP-figures strong statements remain on possible deportations. On social media elite and the people responsible for the list, itself a film about a new revolution to the foreign enemy’.
According to BBCcorrespondent Soutik Biswas that strong rhetoric have to do with the elections next year. This will be the BJP again, the hindoenationalistische hardliners want to please. But according to him, the elongated procedure certainly end up in a crisis such as the Rohingya.
Karuna Nundy is that this census is no good way to social conflict. “The fear of the people of Assam for their language and culture in a different way.”