Topic Reading-Vol.2647-7/11/2019

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Topic Reading-Vol.2647-7/11/2019

英語で世界を知ろう!Topic Reading

2019/07/11 Topic Reading-Vol.2647-7/11/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,

Assam NRC: Are India’s ‘unwanted people’ being driven to suicide?

Assam is a state in northeastern India known for its wildlife, archeological sites, silk, and tea. It is bordered by Bhutan to the north and Bangladesh to the south.

Recently, the state has been intensifying its effort to identify who are locals and who are not.  Those who migrated from its eastern neighbor Muslim-majority Bangladesh, or East Pakistan before its independence in 1971 may lose their citizenship. Four million people have already been excluded from the national register of citizenship list and many of them are feared to face either detention or deportation if they cannot prove their residence prior to 1971. It is a fatal blow to those who have already lived in the state for more than a few decades. They have nowhere to go once they lose their citizenship. Some of those in despair about their future have killed themselves. India was a dreamland and has been their homeland.

Is this just a sort of legal procedure or ethnic cleansing? Could the same thing happen to Hispanic Americans in the US?

Read the article and think how desperate they were when they moved to India from their homeland.

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