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NRC In Assam: A Neighbour Watches The Rolls

The course of the NRC in Assam and how it plays out in the rest of India are issues that have begun to bother policy planners in Bangladesh.

NRC In Assam: A Neighbour Watches The Rolls Courtesy: Daily Sokal

India’s ‘illegal immigration’ bogey, and the debate it inspires, have, as their inevitable target, neighbouring Bangladesh—the supposed origin of all such immigrants. The nation is anxiously watching the ongoing process of ascertaining the citizenship of individuals in the national citizenship register in Assam. Many people in the state believe that many of those whose names are being struck off the rolls had surreptitiously sneaked into India from Bangladesh. This could now lead to a demand that Dhaka take back its people.

If that happens, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be in a spot. She had been highlighting cordial ties and bilateral coo­peration in a wide range of areas between India and Bangladesh as a major diplomatic success of her Awami League government. The course of the NRC in Assam and how it plays out in the rest of India are issues that have begun to bother policy planners in Dhaka. The anxiety could even heighten in coming months, as Bangladesh moves closer to the year-end parliamentary elections.

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