sábado, 31 de agosto de 2019

Identity Crises  | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

Identity Crises  | Lifestyle News, The Indian Express

Written by Kabir Firaque |New Delhi |Updated: August 31, 2019 12:01:56 am

Identity Crises 

An important book that situates Assamese identity within the politics of its times, then and now

Assam: The Accord, The Discord Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty Penguin Ebury Press 272 pages ` 599

Today, the final version of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is due for publication in Assam. The exercise has kept Assam in the national, even international, news for a year and more, as have ideas such as the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and electoral politics — with the BJP putting up its best performance ever in Assam despite opposition to the Bill ahead of the Lok Sabha elections this year. But there is a lot more to the Assam story, with some of its complexities not yet brought to national attention as frequently as the NRC or the Citizenship Bill. The events of decades leading up to the NRC, the question of the fate of those excluded, and how the “immigration problem” can be solved, if ever, are so involved that they could fill a book. Which is what journalist Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty has done.

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