Print edition : September 28, 2018

At an NRC centre at Mayong village in Morigaon district on August 13, people whose names were left out of the final draft wait to collect claim forms for the inclusion of their names. Photo: THE HINDU

August 15, 1985: Representatives of the Assam government and the Central government and the leaders of the All Assam Students Union and the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad sign the Memorandum of Settlement on the Assam problem in New Delhi , as Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, flanked by Home Minister S.B. Chavan on his left and Union Cabinet Secretary P.K. Kaul, looks on. The photograph also shows AASU president P.K. Mahanta and general secretary B.K. Phukan. Photo: THE HINDU PHOTO LIBRARY

June 12, 2003: Members of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) holding a torchlight protest in Guwahati demanding the proper implementation of the Assam Accord. Photo: RITU RAJ KONWAR

August 15, 2010: Members of the AASU lightning earthen lamps in Guwahati, in memory of the 855 martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the Assam Agitation (1979-1985). Photo: RITU RAJ KONWAR

August 4, 2018: Activists protesting in front of Assam House, New Delhi against the final draft of the NRC for Assam. Photo: Altaf Qadri/AP

Against Assam’s chequered history of illegal immigrants, the recent campaigns against the updating of the National Register of Citizens are seen as attempts to communalise the exercise and overlook the historical loss of political and economic space suffered by its indigenous people.
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