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What next for those left out of the NRC? From the Secretary's Desk

The NRC, is a process that is complex and not so easy to understand. So far, it has been unique to Assam. It was a consensual process arrived at after the tumultuous years that preceded the Assam Accord, when aggression, strife and violence marred a politics that was driven by real or imagined fears of…

Final NRC published in Assam Over 19 lakh excluded

The final National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published in Assam at about 10 AM on Saturday August 31, 2019. This time there was a significant drop in the number of people excluded. Whereas the final draft published last year in July left out over 40 lakh people, the list published this year has brought…

Paralegals trained to help NRC-excluded The Hindu

Some 100 paralegals in Assam have been trained to help defend the citizenship of people whose names will be excluded from the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which is to be published on August 31. The three-day training in Guwahati to “navigate the complex issue of citizenship after the publication of the list” was organised by Citizens…

Behind Shadows Tales of Injustice from Assam's Detention camps

Assam’s Detention Camps are the dark, dank and dreary modern day purgatory like limbo lands, where those who are Declared Foreigner (DF) by Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT) are condemned to spend their time till they are able to either secure bail or have the FT judgment overturned by a higher court. However, given how most inmates…

No detention for those left out of NRC till declared foreigner by FT Assam Gov't issues public notice

Determined to stem the panic being generated at the grassroots with the possibility of the exclusions of hundreds of thousands of persons from the NRC final list, post August 31, the state government has issued notice on August 27 through the additional chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna (IAS) categorically stating that “Persons left out of…

CJP trains paralegals to help Indians defend their citizenship Legal luminaries share knowledge with over 100 participants in Guwahati

CJP has just concluded a three day paralegal training workshop in Guwahati in the run up to the publication of the final NRC on August 31, 2019. The objective of the workshop was to equip local, district level lawyers and paralegal volunteers with in-depth skills and training to navigate the complex issue of citizenship after…

Gov’t bats for Legal Aid for those excluded from NRC MHA extends deadline to file appeals, AASU objects

On August 20, 2019, Assam’s Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Union Home Minister Amit Shah held discussions on the impending situation arising out the final publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list on August 31,2019. Following these meetings, local media reported that a policy decision has been taken to give legal aid to all those…

Watch: Re-verification notices spark panic in Assam, SC order violated? Assam NRC

Thousands of re-verification notices have been served in lower Assam summoning people for hearings, virtually overnight, in places as much as 600 kilometers away. Apart from being in clear violation of the July 23, 2019 order of the Supreme Court that turned down the state and center’s demand for such re-verification, poor access to transportation…

Citizenship Dilemma in Assam

SC rejects government’s appeal for re-verification, extends NRC deadline One month extension granted

The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to August 31, 2019. It has however turned down the appeals for re-verification of names in border areas. Previously, the court had directed the NRC authorities to publish the list by July 31, 2019, but NRC state coordinator…

How a government and bureaucracy betrayed its people The Telegraph

No section of Assam’s population has been left unaffected by the overpowering, State-created tragedy of the NRC. So far, at least in ‘mainland’ India, we have been relatively insulated from the tortures and traumas caused by public authorities demanding proof of whether or not we are Indian. In the far corners of Assam, however, turmoil…

Citizenship Dilemma in Assam

Citizenship Dilemma in Assam Why Section 9 of the Foreigners Act, 1946, should be revisited

Despite the passage of seven decades since the independence of the country, the debate on citizenship is far from over. The recent engagement with the construction of the National Register of Citizens(NRC) in the state of Assam, has again opened the flood gates of contestation on the citizenship question. Cardinal to this debate is the…

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