Indian American Muslim body seeks suspension of Assam NRC

August 3, 2018

Washington: An Indian American Muslim advocacy group has called for an immediate suspension of the National Registry of Citizens (NRC) in Assam until irregularities that have resulted in four million people being excluded from the list are resolved.

The publication of the draft NRC in Assam has led to bitterness as people who had applied have not found a place in the Register which is touted to be a proof of Assamese identity.

“The ethnic group that is the worst victim of this mass disenfranchisement is the Bengali-speaking Muslim community in Assam, accused of being ‘infiltrators’, although they are Indian citizens,” said the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) in a press release on Thursday.

Relatives of former Indian President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed were among those at risk of becoming stateless.

“The fact that this is an exercise in subversion of democracy and has a clearly bigoted, discriminatory agenda, is reflected in the exclusion of the relatives of the former President of India,” said IAMC President Ahsan Khan.

“The entire programme should be suspended until the criteria for exclusion are clearly defined,” added Khan

International bodies such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have expressed concern about the process.

“It is possible that the process will arbitrarily deprive people, who have lived in India for decades, of their nationality,” Amnesty said in a statement.

The IAMC called on the Indian government “not to allow religious differences to define the socio-political landscape of the country, where something as basic as a citizen’s right to be called a citizen of the country is arbitrarily snatched away”.

The IAMC is the largest advocacy organization of Indian Muslims in the US with chapters across the nation.
(IANS)

Won’t drop ‘Hindu’, ‘Jai Bhavani’ from SS-UBT theme song: Uddhav Thackeray dares EC

Mumbai: Shiv Sena-UBT President Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday challenged an order of the Election Commission (EC) asking it to remove the words 'Hindu' and 'Jai Bhavani' from the party’s new...

Russia warns of banning Pakistani rice again after contaminant found

Islamabad: Russia has warned Pakistan of banning rice imports from the country again after detecting the presence of a quarantine organism in a recent shipment, reports said on Sunday. Russia's...

London police chief faces calls to quit over Gaza protests

London: The head of London's Metropolitan (Met) Police is facing calls to quit over the force's handling of pro-Palestinian protests. Both the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) and former UK home...

Clashes between two groups at INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi; several injured

New Delhi:The INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi got marred by violent clashes on Sunday as two groups came to blows, resulting in injuries to several people. While the leaders of...

US-imposed sanctions based on mere speculations, claims Pakistan

Islamabad: After the US imposed sanctions on four entities (three from China and one from Belarus) for their alleged involvement in supplying missile-applicable items to Pakistan's ballistic missile programme, Islamabad...

Neha’s murder not a case of love jihad: Siddaramaiah

Mysuru (Karnataka): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said that the murder of MCA student Neha Hiremath is not a case of "love jihad". “I strongly condemn the act. The...

Pinarayi Vijayan is a ‘coward’, lives in perpetual ‘fear’ of PM Modi: LoP Satheesan

Kochi: Kerala Leader of the Opposition (LoP) V. D. Satheesan on Saturday said that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is a “coward” who lives in “perpetual fear” of Prime Minister Narendra...

Y.S. Sharmila Reddy, husband declare assets worth Rs 181 crore, have no car

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Y. S. Sharmila Reddy and her husband own assets worth Rs 181.79 crore. The sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan...

Musk delays India visit to address five key issues during Tesla results next week

New Delhi: In a dampener for millions of Tesla lovers in India, Elon Musk on Saturday said he will not visit the country next week as earlier planned, as the...

China-made drone seized near India-Pak border in Punjab

Chandigarh: The Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday said it has seized a China-made drone near the India-Pakistan border in Punjab's Amritsar district along with a packet of 500 gm...

US blacklists 3 Chinese firms for supplying missile parts to Pakistan

Washington: The US has imposed sanctions on three Chinese companies and one from Belarus for supplying missile‐applicable items to Pakistan’s ballistic missile programmes, including its long-range missile programme. “The entities...

Indian student’s death in US possibly linked to Blue Whale suicide game

Washington: In a grim first for Indians studying in US colleges and universities, a first-year student took his own life in March while playing, it is understood, a macabre online...

Read Previous

Goans to be banned from casinos from 2019: Parrikar

Read Next

DMRC launches E-rickshaw service for Dwarka stations

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com