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"Flawed, Divisive": Leading English Daily on Amit Shah's NRC

Amit Shah told the parliament that the exercise will be undertaken across the country soon, including — afresh — in Assam

Sunday November 24, 2019 9:43 PM, ummid.com News Network

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New Delhi: Asserting that there is absolutely no need of NRC after its failure in Assam, India's leading English daily Friday said Union Home Minister Amit Shah and others must abandon their obsession, which, with its communal overtones, can only result in stoking new fears and anxieties.

"By all accounts, the NRC in Assam has been a failure: It did not satisfy any section of the society, reopened faultlines of religion, language and ethnicity, and left millions of people on the edge. It is appalling that the government now wants to impose this divisive and tortuous exercise on the rest of the country", The Indian Express wrote in its editorial.

The editorial was published two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah told the Rajya Sabha that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented nationwide.

"Shah has been infatuated with the idea of the NRC for some time; he has threatened a nation-wide NRC in his election campaigns. Clearly, the BJP top brass seems ignorant of the history of the NRC, which was proposed in 1951 in the specific context of Assam witnessing a major demographic upheaval in the wake of Partition", The Indian Express said.

"The NRC is a flawed idea and its limitations have been exposed in Assam. The exercise also bared the futility of pursuing a project of establishing identity through legacy in a country that has seen massive migrations, forced and voluntary", the newspaper wrote.

The updated Assam NRC, published on August 31, left 19 lakh people stateless and exposed to the prospect of being lodged in detention camps after exhausting appeals against their exclusion from the Register.

The exercise costing 1,600 crore rupees turned the Northeast restive. With reports suggesting that a large part of those excluded are Hindus, the BJP rejected the Register, even after the Supreme Court endorsed it. But, Amit Shah now told the parliament that the exercise will be undertaken across the country soon, including — afresh — in Assam.

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