MHA-appointed panel's recommendation of 1951 as cut-off date to define Assam 'indigenous' meets resistance from minority groups
The Sharma Committee, which has members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU), one of the signatory bodies of the Assam Accord, and is headed by Justice (retired) Biplab Kumar Sharma, will submit its recommendations on Clause 6 of the Assam Accord on Tuesday as the debate over who is 'Assamese' continues. The
Assam to conduct survey of 'indigenous' Muslims: Experts term move divisive, say classification is undemocratic, unconstitutional
The Assam government put forward the idea of a socio-economic census of indigenous Muslims of Assam, except that it decided to drop the term Khilonjiya (indigenous) from the census.
AASU returns to centre stage as Assamese elites, commoners repose faith in student body to lead fight against Citizenship Amendment Act
Despite the protests in Assam largely being a spontaneous affair, it is AASU to whom people in Assam look for leadership in such moments of crisis.
Citizenship Amendment Act: Sarbananda Sonowal risks political apocalypse by ignoring Assamese sub-nationalism
Today Sarbananda Sonowal is a karyakarta of the BJP, a kindergarten student in the school of Hindutva, an enthusiastic apologist for the Citizenship Amendment Act but he is no longer an Assamese.
AGP MP Birendra Prasad Baishya's remarks against Citizenship Bill in RS espouse reasons why Assam is protesting against amended law
Birendra Prasad Baishya, the lone Rajya Sabha member of NDA ally Asom Gana Parishad registered his opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Bill saying that it would cause a grave threat to the language and culture of the people of Assam
Congress in Assam: Despite a series of defeats, young bloods prepare to fight back and help party 'rise like a phoenix'
There is no question that Congress will have to use everything in their armamentarium to prove that to win again in Assam is not a Sisyphean job for the party.
In Assam’s Mangaldoi, struggle to get listed on NRC emerges as major poll issue; Muslims determined to vote in large numbers
A flashpoint during the 80s Assam agitation, Mangaldoi’s residents left out of the NRC seem determined to vote in April like always even though uncertainty looms over their future
Citizenship Amendment Bill: BJP dumps indigenes in Assam in a bid to make Hindu Bengali refugees citizens for poll gains
The BJP feels it would be able to make electoral inroads by pandering to a major section of the Bengali voters by invoking sentiments of Bengali linguistic nationalism especially in respect of those Hindu ‘refugees’ likely to enter India from Bangladesh.
Assam NRC: Tarun Gogoi drops a bombshell, says people in voter list could have been accommodated in citizens' register
The former chief minister’s suggestion to accept the voter list as a valid document of citizenship is seen as the continuation of the same politics around securing vote bank.
Assam turns into haven for illegal migrants: A story of blunders and missed opportunities to resolve vexed issue
The current situation in Assam stems from the failure by the state and society to grasp the long-term implications of unchecked illegal migration.
NRC in Assam: Exercise to identify illegal migrants must not morph into anti-Muslim madness and affect other states
It’s hardly surprising that any discussion on Assam’s so-called citizen verification process quickly degenerates into an argument about Bangladeshi Muslims in particular.
'NRC has been fair and invaluable; let's not twist it with malicious propaganda': An Assamese citizen's appeal
The NRC is one of the most hotly debated national issues. But there is a lot of deliberate misinformation and half-truths being floated to muddy the waters, and hamper the process.
BJP has conquered North East but it needs to solve issues like infiltration from Bangladesh, Naga Accord to last
BJP must not forget that unlike the Hindi heartland, North East is a multilingual, multireligious and plural society which has not seen much communal violence.
Disbanding madrasa and Sanskrit boards in Assam: How a progressive decision gets mired in controversy
The decision to simultaneously dissolve the Sanskrit Board has deprived the regular critics of the government a very good chance to lambast it by flagging the card of discrimination in the name of religion.
In 1985, when Mahanta took oath as chief minister of Assam, the student leader had emerged fresh out a movement — the Assam Agitation (1979-1985) — that had instilled new hopes in the minds of the people that a better tomorrow awaited Assam.
Releasing the manifesto, AGP president Atul Bora said his party wants constitutional protection of political, economic, social and cultural rights of the indigenous people and ensure that they have rights over land in the state.