Topic: population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
2) Modern societies are shaped by migration and it may be futile to engage in costly exercises to identify “outsiders”. Critically analyse the statement in the light of recent chaos created by the NRC of Assam.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article provides for a detailed analysis on the issue of NRC of Assam, recently the final list of National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been released in Assam.
Key demand of the question:
One has to critically analyse the effects of such a move on the migrants and the multiple aspects associated with declaring an individual as an outsider.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
Brief about the current status of NRC.
Explain the following aspects –
The NRC was introduced in 1951 in response to a political demand that arose from the fear of migration, in the backdrop of Partition, causing demographic and cultural upheaval.
The sub nationalist politics that privileged Assamese identity over other categories, including class, caste and religion, has since shaped the social imaginary in the region, with devastating consequences.
It has produced a narrative that plays on the fear of the “outsider” and a politics that borders on xenophobia.
Explain what can be the possible consequences and what should be done.
Conclude with way forward.