The question of belonging

Print edition : February 16, 2018

In Guwahati on January 1, a man looks for his name on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens, which was published on the midnight of December 31, 2017. Photo: AFP

Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam Chief Minister. He had made a categorical statement that all those who failed to figure in the list would be deported. Photo: R. Ragu

The Luitporia Hindu Samabesh rally organised by the RSS in Guwahati on January 21. It triggered debates on social media about replacing the linguistic identity with that of religion. Photo: BIJU BORO/AFP

The first draft of the National Register of Citizens raises concerns in Assam, and the Sangh Parivar is trying hard to shift the focus of the Assamese from “language” to “religion” as the identity marker in accepting illegal immigrants as citizens.

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