Deferred till eternity

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Deferred till eternity

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 22, 2017 16:26 hrs


I’m a Punjabi by title, Axomiya by mannerism, Guwahatian by birth, part Multani by bloodline. Where do I stand?

 

Preparing the NRC draft continues to be one of the most debatable and complex exercises that the country has undertaken, as proven by the recurring delays and deferred dates. 

The earlier date set by the Supreme Court for the state to complete the publication of the Draft NRC was March 31, 2018. However, CM Sonowal preponed this date to December 31, 2017. The SC of course expressed displeasure because of the CM’s interference with a process monitored by the apex court.

In the court’s defence, they specified that expediting this process would only cause chaos in the years to come and the data might be inconsistent and rightly so. But why is the government in a rush to expedite, that too in a process that is monitored by the SC? 

The allegations by AASU indicate that the Government is playing vote bank politics with the state NRC Coordinator, Prateek Hajela saying that 1.30 crore documents still need to be sorted. In such a case here are some questions that grab my attention.
If the state Government missed the earlier deadline of December 31, 2015, what are the chances that it will meet the new deadline? And the question that needs to be asked is whether the Government is actually serious about delivering the Draft NRC? And if I can divert your attention to the opening remarks, what about me? 

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