India’s massive, scary new detention camps, explained – By Sigal Samuel
What would you do if the country you were born in, or the country you’ve lived in for decades, suddenly announced you had to prove your citizenship or else face detention and deportation? This is the situation nearly 2 million people – most of them Muslims, some of them Hindus of Bengali origin – now find themselves in, because their names do not appear on India’s National Register of Citizens (NRC).
That citizenship list, published last month, is part of the government’s effort to identify and weed out what it claims are illegal immigrants in the northeastern state of Assam. India says many Muslims whose families originally came from neighboring Bangladesh are not rightful citizens, even though they’ve lived in Assam for decades.…
To make matters worse, the BJP has said it plans to extend the NRC process across all of India. If that happens, we could be looking at the biggest refugee crisis on the planet. Already, the past few years have seen a movement of refugees around the world on a scale not seen since World War II.
- The NRC alarm: What Muslims across the country fear and why – By Furquan Ameen (Sep 17, 2019, The Telegraph)
- NRC and unreal deportation dreams – By Jyoti Punwani (Sep 19, 2019, New Indian Express)
- Panic and Uncertainty in Assam’s Maloibari as Refugee Certificates Fail to Prove Citizenship – By Gaurav Das (Sep 16, 2019, The Wire)
- From India to Britain, every citizen is harmed by anti-migrant hostility – By Kenan Malik (Sep 15, 2019, The Guardian)