Opinion | NRC: Who’s in, who’s out
As many as 1.9 million Assam residents are staring at statelessness. They have 120 days to file appeals against their exclusion from the NRC list, and a set of foreigners tribunals will examine their cases
The publication of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam may have opened up a Pandora’s Box. It is bad enough that a state with deep ethnic, linguistic and religious fault lines, evident in the frequency of social flare-ups, has been engaged in a convoluted process of working out who is an Indian citizen and who is not. Uncertainty over the fate of those who are not on the list of bona fide citizens has given the air a foul smell.