Law and order concerns were raised and Section 144 imposed after protesters, led by a Bengali group demanding citizenship for Hindu Bangladeshis, vandalised an All Assam Students’ Union office.
India is also making discrimination against Muslims a key ingredient of its refugee and immigration policy.
Dozens of ethnic and political organisations in the state fear that the Centre’s decision, which violates the Assam Accord, could result in the marginalisation of its indigenous people.
While citizenship rules along the lines of religion are not unknown in India, the new Bill has made this distinction explicit.
There is anger in the camps. Neglected by the government, many threaten to leave to rejoin militancy if a means of livelihood is not provided soon.
If the religious persecution of minorities was the actual reason to grant them citizenship, why does the policy fail to acknowledge the persecution of minority Muslim groups in neighbouring countries like Myanmar and China?
Assam-watcher and veteran journalist M.S. Prabhakara looks at the assembly poll results and what lies ahead
With no traditional base in Assam, the BJP is cleverly wooing Assamese voters by reviving the strong anti immigrant sentiments that marked the 1980s.
Slain student leader Sourab Bora’s brother hopes the ULFA’s statement will revive the court case into his murder.
AASU President Dipanka Kumar Nath discusses the group’s commitment to the Assam Accord and the expectations from the party that wins the upcoming state assembly polls.
As the BJP and Congress gear up for the forthcoming polls in Assam, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi says the Modi government’s talk about development of the Northeast can’t be squared with his denial of special status to the region