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The Citizenry Test: AMU Students Union Organising A Convention On Assam NRC

The Convention will be the very first of its sort in the University boasting an exquisite palette of eminent experts including Prof Faizan Mustafa.

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The national register subsumes the name of all Indian citizens. Only at one instance has an NRC been ever prepared, in 1951. The 1951 NRC was updated from last 2014 for Assam which had a long standing foreigner problem, to weed out illegal immigrants and deter further influx.

But since the draft publication many genuine Indian names have been excluded showing sheer negligence of the NRC authority. It is notoriously noteworthy that the list excludes the names of the family members of ex-President of India Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed.

Hence, to educate and expose students to multiple aspects of this important issue, the AMU Students’ Union is organizing a convention on the same under the title – “  The Citizenry Test : National Register of Citizen and the Citizenship Amendment Bill,2016.

Also read The State of The Stateless: Stories of Agony From Assam

It is a fact that the lakhs of illegal immigrants have to be deported as per the NRC and the Assam Accord of 1985. Hence the government proposed a bill to safeguard these immigrants who are mostly minorities from India’s neighboring countries with the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which however seems to be communal in nature, which is against the very spirit of our democracy.

The Convention will be the very first of its sort in the University boasting an exquisite palette of eminent experts including Prof Faizan Mustafa, who is a renowned jurist and the current Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR, Hyderabad. He is also the ex-Dean of AMU’s Law Department. Senior Advocate at the Guwahati High Court, Hafiz Rashid Choudhury will also be taking a panel. Other experts of the issue who have surveyed actively like Syed Azharuddin, general secretary of SIO of India, human rights lawyer Aman Wadud, and K M Baharul Islam, a public policy expert.

At a time when elections are just a couple of days away, it becomes mandatory  for understanding the political standpoints of the current government regarding the NRC, and its communal stand on the citizenship. The Convention will commence on 6th April, 2019, at Kennedy Auditorium, AMU. Ferdous Ahmed, who is currently cabinet member of AMUSU, will convene the program.

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