Guwahati: Exactly, a year ago, the much talked-about National Register of Citizens (NRC), a document containing the names of Indian citizens, was published on August 31, 2019 in Assam, in which names of almost 19 lakh people residing ‘illegally’ in the state were excluded from the list.
During the last 12 months, much water has flown through the Brahmaputra, but nothing has changed on the NRC front, say experts.
Right from transferring the state NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela, the man behind the entire show, to his home state Madhya Pradesh by the Supreme Court almost 18 days after announcement of the much-awaited and the controversial document to the technical glitches in the NRC database, etc, a lot of controversies have hit the Assam NRC ever since the publication of the document.
The authorities concerned have not yet been able to issue rejection orders to those people whose names have been rejected so that they can appeal at the state’s Foreigners’ Tribunals (FTs) till date.
Almost all the leading organisations have rejected the documents alleging that the rejected number will be much higher than 19 lakh. Assam Public Works (APW), the NGO that is the primary petitioner in the NRC case in the Supreme Court, has also sought 100 per cent re-verification.
EastMojo, in its report on July 30, 2019, with the headline “Citizenship conundrum: What’s next for Assam after final NRC list?” (https://www.eastmojo.com/documentary/2019/07/30/citizenship-conundrum-whats-next-for-assam-after-final-nrc-list) raised questions on the expected results in the post-NRC Assam.
Senior journalist Prashanta Rajguru while talking with the EastMojo in that news report/documentary said, “I am afraid this issue will end up with a very serious and complex human rights issue in South East Asia in future, if not more than Rohingyas. Almost 35 years have passed since the day of signing of the Assam Accord. But we failed to find an exit plan. This is a new phenomenon, a new crisis. The world has never seen this sort of crisis. Due to the lack of exit plan, I doubt that in our lifetime we may not get that expected solution,” he said.
Senior journalist and writer Mrinal Talukdar said that nobody will be leaving the state in post-NRC Assam.
“It’s a 40-year-long struggle. For the last 40 years, we all are talking about some figures, which don’t have any basis. Most of the figures are vague. We have already accepted that March 24, 1971 is the date for Assam Accord. Everyone is looking for the date of July 31, 2019, the date of publication of the NRC,” he said.
Initially, the NRC was supposed to be declared on July 31, 2019, but the Supreme Court of India decided to ultimately publish it on August 31, 2019 due to various reasons.
Now, almost a year later, the EastMojo is reproducing the documentary/news report again for our esteemed viewers where lots of things are going on the same direction as some of the experts in the report predicted on the whole issue.