India has published a list which effectively strips about four million people in the north-eastern state of Assam of their citizenship.
The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of people who can prove they came to the state by 24 March 1971, a day before neighboring Bangladesh declared independence.
Millions of people fled to neighboring India after Bangladesh declared itself an independent country from Pakistan on 26 March 1971, sparking a bitter war. Many of the refugees settled in Assam.
Under the Assam Accord, an agreement signed by then PM Rajiv Gandhi in 1985, all those who cannot prove that they came to the north-eastern state before 24 March 1971 will be deleted from electoral rolls and expelled as they are not considered legitimate citizens.
More than 32 million people submitted documents to the NRC to prove they were citizens, but four million of them have been excluded from the published list.-BBC
India: 4 million excluded from Assam's draft list of citizens.
About 4 million people who live in Assam have been excluded from a draft list of citizens, as Bengali-speaking Muslims fear they will be sent to detention centres or deported https://t.co/H8y6Icq9NQ
— swepost (@sweposten) July 30, 2018
— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) July 30, 2018
India leaves four million off Assam citizens' list, triggers fear https://t.co/5lX8fK9qZF
— EconomicTimes (@EconomicTimes) July 30, 2018
Misplaced priorities in an age of climate catastrophe isn't just a US problem. And a slide into open fascism is a growing worldwide threat. Govt. of India compiles a "citizens list" to make millions stateless. Muslims, of course.https://t.co/ZsbjWjsOEZ
— Basav Sen (@BasavIPS) July 30, 2018
— Priyank Jindal (@sherry_J7) July 30, 2018
wait for thousands of court cases, which will be filed by legal citizens of India, challenging NRC procedures, yes many are helpless due to poverty but not all. Hv heard some r determined to take it to court.
— Jaini (@IchbinUjjaini) July 30, 2018
In India, as in most countries, immigration procedures are very lengthy, illegal immigration is an absolute no-no, and even long-standing citizens of foreign extraction can be stripped of papers en masse https://t.co/xvIBJz5EOW
— David Román (@dromanber) July 30, 2018
Absolutely true. Not a single person is entitled to stay in India unless he or she is citizen of India. Illegal are bound to go and they must go in broader national interest.
— Dr. Harish Purohit (@harish_purohit) July 30, 2018
"It's important for any country to establish who is a citizen and who is not."
— BBC Newshour (@BBCNewshour) July 30, 2018
First of all no one will be Deported
Plzz talk logical do u think such a large population can be deported back to Bangladesh no
Bangladesh has clearly said no illegal citizen of his resides in India
They wont accept anyone
The best we can do is Cancel voting rights of Muslims
— Ankush Singh (@Jedi_Ankush) July 30, 2018
— Himani Gupta (@85Himani) July 30, 2018
Another of today's headlines "millions may lose Indian citizenship." Upon reading, those millions may not be citizens in the first place. Cannot lose what you do not have. Headline could easily have said "millions of Bangladeshi citizens living illegally in India may have to go"
— Renna ??? (@RennaW) July 30, 2018
So just because Bangladesh won't accept their citizens living illegally in India, we allow these 4 Million Illegal Muslims (mostly) to remain Congress' voters? Allow all the incentive & benefits available to Indian Citizen?
Why don't u invite them to live with u in Ur Bungalow?
— Mihir Jha ✍️ (@MihirkJha) July 30, 2018
India's Muslim migrants fear deportation after four million are left off citizens list, via @nzherald https://t.co/onkBBkSl4q Hate, Racism, Power, Dollars, Corruption across he World,and the pattern of suffering, just gets worse.
— john titchener (@BjayukCat) July 30, 2018
To deport you need a country that accepts those are its citizens. Bangladesh says it has no illegal citizens in India. So where do you send them. That’s the problem EU had with refugees. Last nation with them was left holding them.
— K. C. Singh (@ambkcsingh) July 30, 2018
#ExpressExplained | Where do 40 lakh Assam residents go after being left out of citizens draft? A look at their immediate legal options, followed by long-term uncertainty for those who could still be “stateless” in India. @saha_abhi1990 explainshttps://t.co/M82s7gceRl
— The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) July 30, 2018
— News Assam News (@NewsAssam) July 30, 2018
Four million people's names are not recorded as citizens of India in the eastern Indian state of Assam. The Hindu nationalist government calls them Bangladeshi intruders by they people claim that they have… https://t.co/qkesTpgaIo
— Aslam Abdullah (@DrAslamabdullah) July 30, 2018
National Register of Citizens is Congressi brainchild. 40 lakh ppl whose name have been excluded should not worry, They will get a chance.
As long as name is in voters' list, we are citizens of India: #IndiaForIndians
Former Assam Congress CM #TarunGogoi https://t.co/sZndxYx3Eh
— RamNiranjan ?? (@ramniranjan187) July 30, 2018
No one is stateless. You are a citizen of the nation where you were born, in harmony with 14th amendment. Even noncitizens are humans with rights to life, liberty, property, pursuit of happiness. Whether hindu or muslim isblegally irrelevant. India should not be detaining them.
— Michael Calkins (@qbasicmichael) July 30, 2018
India is about to remove 7 million muslims from its national register of citizens in Assam because they speak a different language and worship a different God. When will the world finally call India out on its persecution of muslims? This is how genocides begin. #India #Terrorist
— Rao Mudassar (@mudassarrana51) July 30, 2018
India: we want our sons and daughters to go abroad and settle down in a whole different country, in the US/UK, and become citizens
Also India: Bangladeshi immigrants? Here, in India? Who have been living here for years? No no no they have to go https://t.co/jXYCPXEBt6
— sai sailaja seshadri (@Saisailu97) July 30, 2018