Notwithstanding hopes in certain quarters, it is difficult to fathom what the mammoth and distressing exercise will deliver.
The movements for Nepali in West Bengal and Bengali in Assam have faced an uphill task, both finding their first success in 1961.
An analysis of the voting pattern of the Muslims in Assam reveals a confusing picture.
The political reality of the collective bargaining power wielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s two regional allies in the state will always keep it in check.
Analysis shows that while there is an anti-incumbency factor in favour of the BJP, it is not related to the higher voter turnout.
The Assam assembly election results will be out soon and if the coverage we saw in the ‘national’ media during the campaign is anything to go by, we are likely to be treated to instant, distant and sometimes misleading analyses on what the vote means.
As 72,000 more people in Assam join the ranks of ‘declared foreigners’ on the eve of the state’s elections, the issue of ‘illegal foreigners’ has reared its head once again, leaving the fate of the Bengali community of the Barak Valley – both Hindu and Muslim – uncertain.