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Defining who is ‘Assamese’: Attempts, Challenges

  Apr 28, 2022

Defining who is ‘Assamese’: Attempts, Challenges

Q Why is it in News ?

A Last week, the Assam government informed the Assembly that nearly 1.44 lakh illegal foreigners had been identified in the state this year based on the 1985 Assam Accord, and around 30,000 of them had been deported to their country of origin.

Q Who is a foreigner under the Assam Accord?

Q What are the expressions for which the definitions have not been determined? Why are they important?

Q What are the Issues with the cut-off date ?

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Q Why is the ‘Assamese’ definition difficult?

Q Have any definitions been proposed?

This committee recommended following persons as Assamese:

  1. All citizens who are part of the Assamese community
  2. Any person of indigenous tribal community of Assam
  3. Any other indigenous community of Assam
  4. Any other citizens of India residing in the territory or Assam on or before January 1, 1951 and
  5. Descendants of these categories