articles by Sushanta Talukdar

India

AFSPA withdrawal likely in Assam after July but dependence of state police on Central forces to battle insurgency to continue

The ground realities indicate that even after the withdrawal of the AFSPA, the Assam government will remain dependent on Central paramilitary forces to meet the operational requirement of counter-insurgency in the state.

Politics

Ahead of Lok Sabha Election, AGP and BJP mum on Citizenship Amendment Bill; seek to corner Congress on Assam Accord

In 2014, the BJP won seven of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam while the Congress managed to win only three seats when Modi wave swept the country.

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Lok Sabha election: AGP's opposition to Citizenship Bill turns into mockery after party renews ties with BJP

AGP has sought three of the total 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state and one of the two Rajya Sabha seats that will fall vacant soon.

India

Sword of Constitution (ST) Amendment Bill, 2019 hangs over Sarbananda Sonowal as Assam CM walks tightrope over expansion of Scheduled Tribe list

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to expand the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Assam is hanging like the Sword of Damocles over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government headed by Sarbananda Sonowal.

India

LS passes Citizenship Amendment Bill: Assam poised to have two classes of citizens as religion becomes basis

The passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by a voice vote is a crucial step closer to making religion the basis for identification of "illegal Bangladeshi migrants" in Assam, in violation of the Assam Accord

India

Religion column in citizenship application form allows Centre to dodge NRC; ordinance route open for making Hindu foreigners Indian

The ordinance route remains as an option left for the Modi government to achieve the primary objective of the bill –- granting citizenships to the six non-Muslim minority communities in Assam.

India

Dhola massacre sign of linguistic polarisation reaching flashpoint over Citizenship Bill; Assam govt to be put to test

Extreme opinions and provocative statements by some over the Citizenship Amendment Bill have worsened this linguistic divide in Assam, of which the Dhola massacre is proof.

India

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Centre may take ordinance route if it is not passed during Parliament's Winter Session

The Congress proposed that North-eastern states should be kept out of the purview of the bill

India

Extension of AFSPA in Assam: With declining insurgency, state may find it difficult to justify necessity of law

The extension of AFSPA and the Assam Police linking a decision on its withdrawal to the NRC exercise has raised questions which the Sonowal government may find difficult to answer.

India

Election Commission in focus after release of Assam NRC final draft; fate of D-voters in its hands ahead of 2019 polls

The 40 lakh people left out of the Assam NRC final draft can submit their claims, objections and corrections to Seva Kendras from 30 August to 28 September.

India

Assam NRC: SC allows deletion of 1.15 lakh names included in first draft from final version set to be published on 30 July

The apex court also approved the NRC state coordinator’s proposal to inform these 1.5 lakh persons about the decision to exclude their name and they can file claims for inclusion at the claim/objection stage.

Politics

BJP may be forced to re-evaluate position on Citizenship Amendment Bill following fierce opposition from Nagaland cabinet

Support for the movement against the Citizenship (Amendment), Bill 2016 in Assam and other northeastern states has grown with the Nagaland cabinet deciding to oppose any amendment to the Bill that “goes against the interest of the Nagas.”

India

Beleaguered BJP pushes for citizenship bill in Assam but opposes it in neighbouring Meghalaya

Opposition to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by Conrad Sangma-led coalition govt in Meghalaya couldn't have come at a worse time for a beleaguered Assam BJP.

India

AFSPA withdrawn from Meghalaya but Act played little role in containing insurgency in hill state

The withdrawal of the act from Meghalaya is to be seen as a response to decline in insurgency in Assam and reduction in security threat of insurgents from Assam fleeing to the jungles in the neighbouring state to escape counter-insurgency operations.

Politics

North East polls: NPP has scripted a fairy tale rise from little-known Manipur outfit to regional power player

The National People’s Party (NPP) led by Conrad Sangma, who is set to head the new coalition government in Meghalaya, has scripted a fairy tale rise from a little-known party in Manipur to a cynosure of electoral politics in North East.

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North East election results: BJP will find joy of electoral victories dwarfed by challenges of governance

Electoral mandates in the three North East states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland also come with big challenges for the incoming governments.

India

Assam NRC updation: Many indigenous Assamese families unhappy over exclusion of names from first draft, but not panicking yet

Euphoria over the first draft of updated NRC in Assam fast evaporates after many applicants have found their or family members’ names missing.

India

NRC draft: Assam security situation eases after SC upholds validity of panchayat secretary certificate, delinks 'original inhabitant' clause

For the ruling BJP and the Sonowal government, the NRC issues appear to be a whole new ball game in the wake of the latest Supreme Court judgments.

India

BJP in Assam walks a tightrope after SC rejects Centre's plea for extension of NRC deadline

The Supreme Court's rejection of the Central government's plea for extension of deadline to publish the draft of the updated National Register of Citizens in Assam has put the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – led governments in Dispur and at the Centre on sticky wickets.

India

Assam's NRC quandary Part 4: Confusion on 'original inhabitant' may be major bottleneck in identifying legal citizens

The Congress insisted that the use of the term “Original Inhabitants” would create a divide among those included in the NRC, which the party said is not warranted.