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News Snippets

  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Flawed Process Must Be Rectified Before Conducting NRC All Across India

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

The NRC exercise in its present form has failed to achieve its stated purpose of detecting infiltrators. The Assam experience was a flop and many genuine inhabitants of the state were left out while not many Bangladeshis were detected. No party in the state, including the ruling BJP, was satisfied with the outcome of the prolonged and costly exercise.

Yet, Home Minister Amit Shah has stated in Parliament that it will be undertaken on a pan-India basis. Is there any logic in spending time, effort and money in conducting this flawed exercise throughout the country? Shah's repeated insistence on taking the NRC to other states has created a fear psychosis amongst citizens, especially in West Bengal.

State chief minister Mamata Banerjee and her party, the TMC, have said that they will oppose any move to conduct the NRC exercise in the state. The state has seen a mad scramble amongst citizens to acquire the documents that were part of the exercise in Assam, despite Banerjee's assurance that she will not allow it in the state.

Although it is no one's case that illegal infiltrators from Bangladesh be allowed to live in India, the NRC, as conducted in Assam, has failed to detect them. Then what is the point in conducting the exercise elsewhere? Instead, the government should learn from the Assam experience and find out the reasons why it failed. Since it was a document-based exercise, the government has to take a fresh look at the whole process.

One feels that the government must suspend the NRC exercise until the results of the next Census (slated to be conducted in 2021) are out. Till then, it must constitute an expert committee to study the results of the NRC in Assam, find out what went wrong and suggest how to make it better. If the 2021 Census also throws up demographic changes in districts bordering Bangladesh and elsewhere in the country, the government can conduct a revamped and improved NRC across India. But rushing forward with the flawed exercise now would be a mistake.