Two million face statelessness as India publishes citizenship list

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GUWAHATI, India: Almost two million people in northeast India were left facing statelessness on Saturday (Aug 30) after the state of Assam ...

GUWAHATI, India: Almost two million people in northeast India were left facing statelessness on Saturday after the state of Assam published a citizenship list aimed at weeding out"foreign infiltrators", in a process the central government wants to replicate nationwide.

This has led to pressure from those who see themselves as genuine Assamese for a lasting solution - which they hope will come from the NRC released on Saturday. Those left off the National Register of Citizens in Assam face being stripped of their rights, put in a detention camp and even deported AFP/Biju BORO

The number of errors has also turned some in the BJP in Assam against the process, with Himanta Biswa Sarma, a BJP minister in the state, saying it had left off"so many genuine Indians". The camps currently hold 1,135 people, according to the state government, and have been operating for years.

 

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