Many Muslims say BJP is using the citizenship issue to target the community as activists warn against nationwide NRC.
NEW DELHI –– On August 31, India excluded nearly 2 million people from a citizenship list in the northeastern state of Assam, and the ruling Hindu nationalist government’s plan to replicate it at a national level has left many in the Muslim community worried.
Activists have criticised the Supreme Court-monitored National Register of Citizens process for anomalies and procedural flaws, with many cases where genuine Indian citizens, including former government officials, have been excluded.
Some leaders from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including Home Minister Amit Shah, have demanded that the NRC be implemented across the country to identify and deport undocumented immigrants.
Many Muslims Al Jazeera spoke to believe the BJP has used the citizenship issue to target the community, which forms 14 per cent of India’s 1.3 billion population.