The recent National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft show around four million Assamese may be stripped of their Indian citizenship. The final draft authorized 2.89 crores of 3.29 to be the citizens of the country. India has earlier said that this initiative was taken to uproot the illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
However, the NRC coordination Sailesh stressed that the draft is not the final list, so there will be room for objections and claims which will begin from August 30 and continue till September. In this process, the number will certainly fluctuate. However, the question does not lie with the number but with the initiative of deporting Assamese to Bangladesh who had been living there for decades.
NRC’s demand for showing proof of residing in the state before March 24, 1971, definitely triggers provocation toward Bangladesh as the Founding Father of Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared the independence of Bangladesh on March 26, 1971, at the onset of the Bangladesh Liberation War.
It is to be noted that Assam is the only state in the country to have a register of its citizens.
There are around four million Bengalis in Assam who have now fallen prey to the bureaucratic process. They are people who have never known another home outside Assam. So, where will be there new home? Bangladesh? The country which is already carrying the burden of displaced Rohingya citizens from Myanmar. Therefore, it would not be a viable solution to this problem.
But, if the government of India does not find a quick solution to this, the Hindu nationalists and Assamese hardliners will take the privilege of this situation and India may go through another incident like Gujrat.
Before the hyenas get ferocious at night, the right-wing party BJP must think of a solution to save the vulnerable community.