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8 year old boy served Doubtful Voter notice in Assam Incompetent system or deliberate attempt at othering and exclusion?

8 year old Monuwar Hussain is a bright second standard student. He has learnt to read, write, count and can even do basic addition and subtraction. But it appears that Assam’s state machinery wants to put him on a fast track to master ‘division’. In July 2018, Monuwar found himself on a list of doubtful…

Assam Citizenship Crisis: Is Anyone Safe

Assam Citizenship Crisis: Is Anyone Safe? The Making and Re-Making of Indians as Citizens in Assam: A CJP Series

Ten kilometers away from Morigaon town, ten members of the family of a former Deputy Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly have been accused of being foreigners. Reports say almost all residents of this village have been served similar notices. They all now, stare at an uncertain future.

Bengali Hindu labeled Bangladeshi

Assam remains tense a day before NRC draft comes out Heavy deployment of security forces across the state

The day before the updated draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) is expected to come out, Assam remains tense. Fearing a possible breakout of violence, security forces have been deployed across the state. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people are uncertain about what the future holds for them as they fear that their names may not…

Assam man forced to prove Indian citizenship four times

Assam man forced to prove Indian citizenship four times! The Making and Re-Making of Indians as Citizens in Assam: A CJP Series

Even as Assam gets ready for a draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) that will be released on July 30, 2018, many people, whose cases are still pending before Foreigners’ Tribunals or the Gauhati High Court, will have to wait to have their names cleared before they can be added in the NRC. But as…

Gauhati HC reconstitutes Special Bench presiding over FT appeals Single judge replaced with two judge bench

In a huge relief to many people who fear exclusion from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Gauhati High Court has reconstituted the bench which hears appeals against judgments of Foreigners’ Tribunals. The previous single judge has been replaced by a two judge bench now. In an order dated July 3, 2018,…

A Crisis in Assam: Citizen Interrupted The Making and Re-Making of Indians as Citizens in Assam: A CJP Series

CJP’s fact finding team in Assam has found chilling stories from Assam that point to a looming humanitarian crisis. For five long years Saken Ali found himself incarcerated in a detention camp due to a minor variation in his name in official records. In a truly Kafkaesque twist to the tale, now his family members…

Gauhati HC upholds NRC State Coordinator’s controversial order Entire families could be dubbed 'foreigners' and excluded from the list

In what has come as a shock to many, the Gauhati High Court has upheld the May 2, 2018 order by the National Register of Citizens (NRC) State Coordinator, Prateek Hajela, that asks for names of siblings and other family members of Declared Foreigners (DF) to be kept pending from the NRC. This makes entire…

जेल का अनुभव: ऋचा सिंह ऋचा सिंह से CJP ने बातचीत की

छात्र नेता ऋचा सिंह से जब जेल में उनके बिताए गए दिनों के बारे में पूछा गया तो उन्होंने कहा कि सलाखों के पीछे कुछ दिन रहना इस व्यवस्था को समझने के लिए बेहद ज़रूरी था और यह बाकी छात्रों के लिए भी एक सन्देश था कि अगर कोई छात्र नेता किसी के लिए लड़ाई…

सरकार की मंशा है कि नौजवान गाय के नाम पर लड़े या तो पकोड़े बेचे”: ऋचा सिंह छात्र नेता ऋचा सिंह से CJP ने बातचीत की

ऋचा सिंह ने हाल ही में UPPSC की परीक्षा में हुए पेपरलीक और उसपर सरकार के बेपरवाह रवैये पर कहा कि सरकार की मंशा ही नहीं है नौजवानों को नौकरी मिले और इसलिए वह चाहती ही है नहीं है कि परिक्षाएँ पूरी पारदर्शिता के साथ हो, छात्र इसी तरह अपने अधिकारों के लिए प्रदर्शन करने…

Assam police

मैं रोती और गिड़गिड़ाती रही, मगर पुलिस वाले मुझे घसीट ले गये : रष्मिनारा बेग़म असम में भारतीय नागरिकता पर प्रश्नचिंह - एक CJP श्रृंखला

यह कहानी असम के निवासियों पर हमारी श्रृंखला की एक कड़ी है, जिन्हें नागरिकता निर्धारित करने की कथित रूप से त्रुटिपूर्ण और मनमानी प्रक्रिया के बाद विदेशी घोषित किया गया है. हालाकि 30 जून, 2018 को नागरिकों के राष्ट्रीय रजिस्टर (NRC) की अंतिम सूची जारी होना अभी बाकी है, कागज़ात में मामूली विसंगतियों के कारण हज़ारों…

जेल से लौट कर खुल कर बोली ऋचा सिंह ऋचा सिंह से CJP ने बातचीत की

१९ जून को इलाहबाद में उत्तर प्रदेश लोक सेवा आयोग की परीक्षा में भारी गड़बड़ी के बाद वहां आये नौजवान प्रार्थीओं ने भारी आक्रोश जताया। पर ना सिर्फ उनके मांगो को नज़रअंदाज़ किया गया, उनपर बबर्रता से पुलिस हमला भी हुआ और उनके साथ खड़े होने आयी छात्र नेता ऋचा सिंह को, उप्र प्रशासन ने…

Anjaan Musafir

I’m not a smart man, but I know what prison is: Anjaan Musafir The Making and Re-Making of Indians as Citizens in Assam: A CJP Series

In this edition of our series on how the idea of Indian citizenship is being made and unmade in Assam as the National Register of Citizens is being updated, we bring you the story of Anjaan Musafir*. He is a man who could be India’s answer to DB Cooper, given how he has successfully evaded…

Assam police

Pregnant and Helpless in a Detention Camp The Making and Re-Making of Indians as Citizens in Assam: A CJP Series

This story is a part of our series on people in Assam who have been declared foreigners after an allegedly flawed and arbitrary process of determining citizenship. Even as the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is all set to be disclosed on June 30, 2018, thousands of people have had their…

असम में छाए मानवीय संकट पर क्या बोले जमशेर अली? तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ की जमशेर अली के साथ ख़ास बातचीत

असम में राष्ट्रीय नागरिक रजिस्टर के कारण फैले मानवीय संकट पर तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ की जमशेर अली के साथ ख़ास बातचीत   Related Articles: Bengali Hindu labeled “Bangladeshi”, found dead in Assam Detention Camp How the National Register of Citizens causes ‘othering’ of minorities in Assam More confusion in Assam after NRC clarifies order on families…

NRC’s New Directive Stirs Controversy Ahead of the Final List Sign Our Petition NOW!

The National Register for Citizens (NRC), a record of ‘legitimate’ Indian citizens living in Assam, is being updated for the first time since 1951. Just one month away from publishing the final list of ‘legitimate’ citizens in Assam, the NRC director’s new directive brings in further confusions. As per the new directive the relatives of…

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