'Supreme Court ruling on NRC could be a prelude to ethnic cleansing in Assam'

In a scathing critique of the Supreme Court ruling on National Register of Citizens (NRC), senior apex court advocates Sanjay Hegde and Pranjal Kishore have argued that it "could be a prelude to ethnic cleansing", adding, the result of the ruling is that "those who aren't Assamese are presumed to be Bangladeshis, with no human rights, and existing on the sufferance of the majority." Pointing out that the publication of the second NRC draft may have been a judicially monitored exercise, the top lawyers argue, but its indiscriminate application to deny citizenship to over four million inhabitants of Assam is a cause for grave concern, as what has followed are "warnings of a civil war" coupled with "loose talk about deportations and concentration camps."
Calling the Supreme Court’s decision to take over the NRC updation process ill-advised, they say, the result has been "the BJP President has gone on record to call the four million people left out of the draft ‘ghuspaithiye’, or infiltrators", a clarion call "amplified by propaganda channels, including an obnoxious anchor from the same state." They recall, the pogroms of the early 1980s were started exactly in the same manner – by calling people foreigners and going after their lives and property. Click here to read

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