Now writer Chetan Bhagat speaks on Assam NRC
Famed Indian writer Chetan Bhagat says the benchmark date of 1971 set for finding foreigners for the Assam NRC is outdated and should be set to 2004.
With the entire country discussing and debating the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the fate of those excluded from the complete draft, bestselling author Chetan Bhagat sparked a controversy by stating that the 1971 cut-off year for updating the citizens register as “outdated”.
The register considers people coming to Assam after 1971 as illegal immigrants.
The NRC contains names of Indian citizens of Assam. The NRC was prepared in 1951, after the Census of 1951. The NRC updation of 2014-2016 across Assam includes the names of those persons (or their descendents) that appear in the NRC 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of March 24, 1971.
Two states and The 3 Mistakes of My Life famed author, Chetan Bhagat further stated that the base year for the updation can be reset “to say 2004”.
On July 31, a day post the publication of the complete draft NRC in Assam, Bhagat took to microblogging site Twitter and said that “in 2018 now we can’t have a 47 year residency test”.
The Assam Government released the second and final draft of NRC on Monday. 2,89,83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final Draft NRC.
The first draft was published on December 31 (midnight) last year with names of 1.9 crore people.
The office of the State NRC coordinator also replied back to Bhagat on Twitter.
“On the contrary, there is a serious case for advancing the cut-off year to 1948 in Assam as already applicable,” a tweet by NRC Updation Assam.