Academics and Activists petition President against Citizenship Amendment Bill & NRC exclusions

Gang of Raiot has been pilloried regularly by Humanitarian ‘Stalinists’ and National ‘Fascists’ for letting itself be deluded to debate National Register of Citizens(NRC) & Citizenship Amendment Bill. So here we go again, publishing this time a petition by 135 academics and activists about the world after NRC & CAB. Waiting for your responses and engagements. raiotwebzineATgmail.com

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Hon’ble Shri Ram Nath Kovind
President of India
Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi 110004

Date: January 8, 2019

Subject: On the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam & the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016

Respected Rashtrapatiji,

We the undersigned citizens of India hereby seek your urgent intervention on two inter-related matters, which affect the lives of over one million people, perhaps more, in the state of Assam.

On the NRC

We express our deep anguish at the prospect of a very large number of people in Assam being deprived of citizenship and turned into an incarcerated population, as a result of the NRC process initiated at the direction of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. It has been reported that out of the 40.07 lakh people excluded from the Final Draft of the NRC, only around 31 lakh people were able to file claims by the deadline of December 31, 2018. Thus, the fate of almost 9 lakh persons has practically been sealed as they are on the verge of losing their citizenship status. Many more may find themselves in a similar situation after the completion of the entire process.

In its judgment that initiated the NRC process, the Supreme Court had directed the central government to frame an adequate deportation mechanism in dialogue with the government of Bangladesh. The Indian government has not raised the deportation issue with its counterpart and has reportedly told the Bangladeshi officials that NRC is an internal Indian matter. In any case, deportation of one million people from Assam to Bangladesh does not appear to be within the bounds of possibility.

Rendering such a huge mass of people stateless would be an unprecedented catastrophe. The looming possibility of one million people – including children and women from poor refugee families – being held in detention centres would be no less inhuman and irrational. Even the possibility of this has pushed a significant number of people in Assam towards suicide. Apart from the human cost, the scale of these detention centres is bound to be an excruciating liability on the public exchequer. The option of turning the excluded persons into non-citizens in perpetuity without any right to participate in the democratic process, is equally inappropriate and counterproductive. This would create a separate category of second class citizenship, vulnerable to myriad kinds of harassment, victimisation and exploitation.

We earnestly urge upon you and the Hon’ble Supreme Court to reconsider the justification behind the NRC process in the light of the visibly calamitous outcomes, and ensure a humane and just result. We believe that granting citizenship to all the NRC excluded persons can provide such a solution.

On the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016

We also note with grave concern that the central government and the ruling party appear to be adamant on passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 in the Parliament. By making non-Muslim “illegal migrants” from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh eligible for Indian citizenship, the amendment explicitly discriminates on the ground of religion and violates the constitutional principle of equality.

The government is disingenuous in justifying this amendment as a means of assisting persecuted minorities in India’s neighbourhood. Had it been sincere, it would have included all persecuted groups, based on any religious belief, race, language or ethnicity and extended its scope beyond only those neighbouring countries with a Muslim-majority population.

The only conceivable purpose that the passage of such a defective Citizenship Amendment Bill can serve at this stage is to enable the ruling party to play sectarian politics in Assam on the eve of the general elections and divide the NRC excluded people on religious lines. We urge upon you as the custodian of the Indian Constitution to advise the central government to withdraw the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 and abandon such divisive political strategies.

We are hopeful that you will intervene at this crucial juncture to uphold human rights and ensure justice for one million people.

 

Signatories
1Abhijit Mukhopadhyay 

Economist based in New Delhi

 

2

Abhik MukherjeeSenior Lecturer, Computer Science & Technology, Indian Institute of

Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

 

3

 

Abusaleh Shariff

Economist, Chief Scholar at the US-India Policy Institute, Washington

DC

 

4

 

Achin Chakraborty

Professor of Economics and Director, Institute of Development Studies

Kolkata

5Aejaz Ahmad Rather 

General Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union

6Akhilesh Yadav 

Vice President, Allahabad University Students’ Union

7Albeena Shakil 

Associate Professor, Jindal Global University, Sonipat

8Amit Bhaduri 

Emeritus Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

9Amiya Kumar Bagchi 

Emeritus Professor, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

 

 

10Amlan Dasgupta 

Assistant Professor, Jindal Global University, Sonipat

11Amutha Jayadeep 

Joint Secretary, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union

 

12

Anamitra RoychowdhuryAssistant Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New

Delhi

 

13

 

Anand Teltumbde

Senior Professor and Chair Big Data Analytics, Goa Institute of

Management, Goa

 

14

 

Aniket Alam

Associate Professor of History, International Institute of Information

Technology, Hyderabad

15Anirban Kar 

Associate Professor, Delhi School of Economics

 

16

 

Anuradha Chenoy

Professor (Retd.) of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
17Anwesha Sengupta 

Assistant Professor, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

18Arindam Banerjee 

Assistant Professor of Economics, Ambedkar University Delhi

19Arindam Jana 

Advocate, Calcutta High Court

20Arindam Roy 

Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

 

21

Atulan GuhaAssociate Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur
22Avishek Konar 

Assistant Professor, Jindal Global University, Sonipat

23Ayesha Kidwai 

Professor of Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

 

24

Bishnu Pada MondalGeneral Secretary, Confederation of Central Government Gazetted

Officers’ Organizations, West Bengal

25Biswajit K.Bora 

Academic and activist, University of Delhi

26Byasdeb Dasgupta 

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Kalyani

 

27

Debabrata PalAssistant Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New

Delhi

28Debaprasad Maity 

Assistant Professor, IIT Guwahati

29Debarshi Das 

Associate Professor, IIT Guwahati

 

30

 

Debjani Sengupta

Associate Professor of English, Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi
31Deborshi Chakraborty 

Research Scholar of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

32Devika Prasad 

Human Rights Activist and Researcher

 

33

 

Dhananjay Tripathi

Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, South

Asian University, New Delhi

34Dipa Sinha 

Assistant Professor of Economics, Ambedkar University Delhi

35Dwaipayan Banerjee 

Researcher and actvist, Kolkata

36Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya 

Professor of Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

37Farah Naqvi 

Author and activist

38Farhat Salim 

Research Scholar, JNU

39Ghazala Jamil 

Assistant Professor, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, JNU

40Gitanjali Prasad 

Program Manager, Hausla, Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi

41Gogol Mitra Thakur 

Junior Assistant Professor, Xavier University Bhubaneswar

42Gorky Chakrabarty 

Associate Professor, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

 

 

43Harsh Mander 

Director, Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi

 

44

HimanshuAssociate Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New

Delhi

45Indranil Chowdhury 

Assistant Professor of Economics, PGDAV College, University of Delhi

46Ipsita Pal 

Scientist

47Jayati Ghosh 

Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

48Johanna Lokhande 

Advocate, Delhi High Court

 

49

 

Kamal Mitra Chenoy

Professor (Retd.) of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
 

50

 

Kamal Nayan Kabra

Former Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Public

Administration, New Delhi

 

51

 

Karen Gabriel

Associate Professor of English, St Stephen’s College, University of

Delhi

52Kasturi Basu 

Researcher and actvist, Kolkata

53Kingsuk Datta 

General Secretary, Association of Chartered Accountants

 

54

Kunal ChattopadhyayProfessor, Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
55Madhu Bhaduri 

IFS (Retd.) and Former Ambassador

 

56

Maidul IslamAssistant Professor of Political Science, Centre for Studies in Social

Sciences, Calcutta

 

57

 

Manan Kumar Mandal

Professor in Bengali & Director School of Humanities, Netaji Subhas

Open University, Kolkata

 

58

 

Manas Kumar Ghosh

Assistant Professor, Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
 

59

 

Manisha Sethi

Associate Professor, Centre for the Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia

Millia Islamia

60Manjari Katju 

Professor of Political Science, University of Hyderabad

 

61

Manoranjan MohantyProfessor of Social Development, Council for Social Development, New Delh
62Mansi Sharma 

Activist, New Delhi

63Maroona Murmu 

Associate Professor of History, Jadavpur University, Kolkata

64Mihika Poddar 

Graduate, National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata

 

65

Mihir K. ChakrabortyProfessor (Retd.), Department of Pure Mathematics, University of

Calcutta

 

66

 

Mohinder Singh

Assistant Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru

University, New Delhi

67Mohsin Alam Bhat 

Assistant Professor, Jindal Global University, Sonipat

68Mohsin Raza Khan 

Assistant Professor, Jindal Global University, Sonipat

 

69

 

Murzban Jal

Professor, Centre for Educational Studies, Indian Institute of

Education, Pune

 

70

 

Nabanipa Bhattacharjee

Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi
 

71

Nalini NayakAssociate Professor (Retd) of Economics, PGDAV College, University of Delhi
72Nandan Nawn 

Associate Professor, TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi

73Nandini Dutta 

Economics Department, Miranda House, University of Delhi

74Nandini Ghosh 

Assistant Professor, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

 

 

 

75

 

Navsharan Singh

Senior Program Officer, Women’s Rights and Citizenship Program, IDRC, New Delhi
76Nirmalangshu Mukherji 

Former Professor of Philosophy, University of Delhi

77Parimal Bhattacharya 

Associate Professor, Maulana Azad College, University of Calcutta

 

78

 

Partha Chatterjee

Professor and Former Director, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
79Parthapratim Pal 

Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

 

80

 

Partho Sarothi Ray

Associate Professor, Indian Institutes of Science Education and

Research (IISER), Kolkata

 

81

 

Pijush Roy

Assistant Secretary General, Confederation of Central Government

Employee and Workers

82Pinaki Chaudhuri 

Reader, Theoretical Physics

83Prabhat Patnaik 

Emeritus Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

84Pranab Kumar Acharya 

Secretary, All India Civil Accounts Employees Association

85Prasenjit Bose 

Economist and activist, Kolkata

 

86

Pratim GhosalResearch Scholar of Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
87Praveen Jha 

Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

88Prithviraj Guha 

Assistant Professor, Presidency University, Kolkata

89Pulin B Nayak 

Professor (Retd.) of Economics, Delhi School of Economics

90R.V. Ramana Murthy 

Professor of Economics, University of Hyderabad

 

91

Rafikul HossainAssociate Professor & Head, Department of Bengali Language & Literature, University of Calcutta
92Rahul Varman 

Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

 

93

Rajarshi DasguptaAssistant Professor of Political Science, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
 

94

 

Ratan Khasnabis

Dean, School of Economics and Commerce, Adamas University West

Bengal

 

95

 

Rita Sinha

Associate Professor (Retd.), Janki Devi Memorial College, University of

Delhi

 

96

Rohit AzadAssistant Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New

Delhi

97S.P. Shukla 

IAS (Retd.), Former Union Finance Secretary & Ambassador to GATT

98Sabyasachi Sen Gupta 

Professor of Electrical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur

99Sachin N 

Assistant Professor of English, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi

100Sajjad Hassan 

Director, Misaal & Centre for Equity Studies, New Delhi

101Salman Imtiaz 

President, Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union

102Santanu Basu 

Associate Professor, Panjab University, Chandigarh

103Sarika Chaudhary 

Vice-President, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union

 

104

 

Saumyajit Bhattacharya

Associate Professor of Economics, Kirori Mal College, University of

Delhi

105Seema Mustafa 

Editor, The Citizen

106Senthil Babu 

Researcher, French Institute of Pondicherry

107Shakuntala Mahanta 

Associate Professor, IIT Guwahati

 

 

 

108

 

Shantanu De Roy

Assistant Professor, Department of Policy Studies, TERI School of

Advanced Studies, New Delhi

109Sheetanshu Kumar 

Assistant Professor of Hindi, Assam University, Silchar

110Shiv Sethi 

Sanhati-India

111Sirisha Naidu 

Associate Professor, Wright State University, USA

 

112

 

Sitala Prasad Roy

Addl. Secretary General, All India Association of Pay And Accounts

Officers (Civil)

113Smita Gupta 

Independent Researcher, New Delhi

114Somnath Roy 

Assistant Professor, IIT Kharagpur

 

115

 

Souvik Roy

Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and

Technology, Shibpur

116Subhanil Chowdhury 

Assistant Professor, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

 

117

 

Subhasis Bandopadhyay

Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian

Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

118Subrata Mukherjee 

Associate Professor, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

119Sudipta Bandyopadhyay 

Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Calcutta

120Sudipta Bhattacharyya 

Professor of Economics, Visva-Bharati, Shantiniketan

 

121

 

Sukanta Das

Assistant Professor, Department of Information Technology, Indian

Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur

 

122

Sumit SarkarAssociate Professor of Economics, XLRI Xavier School of

Management, Jamshedpur

 

123

 

Sunanda Sen

Former Professor of Economics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New

Delhi

124Supurna Banerjee 

Assistant Professor, Institute of Development Studies Kolkata

125Talha Abdul Rahman 

Advocate, Supreme Court of India

 

126

 

Tanweer Fazal

Associate Professor of Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New

Delhi

127Taposik Banerjee 

Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University Delhi

128Utsa Patnaik 

Emeritus Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

 

129

 

V. Lenin Kumar

Assistant Professor, School of Government, Maharashtra Institute of

Technology, Pune

 

130

 

Vamsi Vakulabharanam

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
131Vebhuti Duggal 

Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Ambedkar University Delhi

 

132

Vibha IyerAssistant Professor of Economics, Zakir Husain Delhi College, University of Delhi
 

133

 

Vijaya Venkataraman

Associate Professor, Germanic and Romance Studies, University of

Delhi

 

134

 

Vikas Bajpai

Assistant Professor, Centre for Social Medicine and Community

Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

135Xonzoi Borbora 

Associate Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati

 

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