In the subcontinent, people have lugged suitcases. Said goodbye to old neighbours and acquired new ones. They have changed cities, hammered nameplates on different doors, sometimes in one generation or in each of them. You may even get an answer out of a T-shirt about its place, or factory of origin, but not out of a person. This is true of the people of Assam.
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The Bodo group is believed to be behind several deadly attacks on Muslims and other Indigenous groups during their decades-long armed rebellion, which ended after the group was granted a measure of autonomy in Shajahan, a Bengali-origin Muslim who has faced discrimination and ethnoreligious profiling, wants the people in the region to turn the page on its bloody past. A second round will be held on December 10 to conclude the elections for the seat BTC. While campaigning in the interior pockets of the Mathanguri constituency in the Baksa district, Shajahan connects candidly with audiences, men and women, the youth or the elderly. Two years earlier, nearly people were killed, most of them Muslims, in ethnic violence between the Bodos and Muslims in neighbouring Kokrajhar district. Not mincing his words, Shajahan addressed the insecurities on both sides and the need for peace and amity between the two communities — a refreshing change in Assam politics where ethnic groups have been pitted against each other.
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Saha, who lives in a small two-bedroom house inside a slum, has bigger problems. He was dubbed a D or doubtful voter five years back. Border police and election officials can mark anyone a D voter if they suspect he or she to be an illegal migrant. Saha has since been fighting a case against his designation as D voter in the Barpeta foreigners tribunal.
Guwahati: With the hugely contentious NRC exposing communal faultlines in Assam, it has emerged that more Hindus than Muslims forged documents to find their way into the National Register of Citizens, sources with close knowledge of the exercise said on Sunday. The final NRC list, which will identify bonafid citizens of Assam, is set to be published on August In fact, more than 50 per cent of the documents that have been forged are by them," sources said. But with so many doubtful Hindus being detected, it can be assumed that a huge number of such immigrants are also present in Assam," one of the sources said.