Internal affairs: On Assam NRC

Internal affairs: On Assam NRC

With Bangladesh out of the picture, the government should clarify its post-NRC plans
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s statement in Dhaka on Tuesday that the soon-to-be-published National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam is India’s internal(आंतरिक ) matter(आंतरिक ) lets Bangladesh off the hook as far as a possible return of those who don’t find their names in the NRC is concerned(चिंतित ). The Supreme Court has repeatedly(दुहराते हुए) asked(पूछा) the Centre to ascertain(सुनिश्चित करना/पता लगाना) from Bangladesh whether it would accept those persons, who might be declared (घोषित )foreigners, after the NRC exercise is completed in Assam. In fact, the Supreme Court has had occasion(अवसर ) to say that the Centre had not engaged(लगे हुए/व्यस्त) Bangladesh in a substantive(ठोस ) dialogue(बातचीत) on the issue(मुद्दे). By stating that the NRC is India’s internal matter, the External Affairs Minister has conceded(स्वीकार किया) to Bangladesh a point that Dhaka has repeatedly made — that the 40 lakh-odd people who don’t figure in the draft NRC lists are not its citizens and it is not responsible(उत्तरदायी) for them. In fact, Bangladesh has never accepted that any of its citizens ever illegally(अवैध रूप से) entered Indian territory(क्षेत्र ). Other than the cryptic(गुप्त/छिपा हुआ) remark about the NRC being an internal matter for India, The Daily Star newspaper quoted the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen as saying that Mr. Jaishankar had conveyed(सूचित करना/सौंपना) to him not to worry about the NRC issue. Bangladesh could well be satisfied(संतुष्ट ) with New Delhi’s position on the NRC, but Indians are none the wiser(बुद्धिमान/समझदार ) about what the Centre plans to do with the lakhs of people — Hindus and Muslims — who are likely to find themselves missing from the Register when it is finally published on August 31.

The BJP has long promised that it will deport(पेश आना/निकाल देना) all illegally resident Bangladeshis from Assam and the rest of India, a view that it has articulated(स्पष्ट ) time and again over the years. But this position(स्थिति ) doesn’t tally(मेल खाना) with what Mr. Jaishankar told his Bangladeshi counterpart(समकक्ष). The party has simultaneously(एक साथ ) promised that all non-Muslims, whose names don’t figure in the NRC, will be given citizenship rights by amending(संशोधन) the law. Other than this, there is no clarity(स्पष्टता) on what the government plans to do with the lakhs of people likely to be rendered(प्रस्तुत करना/लौटाना) stateless after the NRC exercise is completed. Though these persons would have access to foreigners’ tribunals and the courts of the country, the Centre and the Supreme Court should have had a plan in place about how they will deal with the impending(उपस्थित/आसन्न) humanitarian crisis(संकट) in Assam. Many of the affected(प्रभावित/त्रस्त) are abjectly(विशेष रूप से ) poor people, with little or no understanding of how the NRC process works, and entered this country in the hope of a better future for themselves and their children. It is the duty of the Government of India and the Supreme Court to ensure(सुनिश्चित) that these individuals are treated with dignity(गौरव/मर्यादा). The government would also do well to treat all communities who don’t figure in the NRC in a non-discriminatory(भेदभावपूर्ण ) manner(तरीके ).

Important Vocabulary

1.Articulated(स्पष्ट )
Synonyms: enunciate, express, utter, mouth, pronounce
Antonyms: ask, be quiet, listen, question, bumble

2.Ascertain(सुनिश्चित करना/पता लगाना
Synonyms: confirm, determine, divine, double-check, find out
Antonyms: disprove, invalidate, aid, assist, confuse

3. Affected(प्रभावित/त्रस्त)
Synonyms: afflicted, concerned, damaged, distressed, impressed
Antonyms: OK, calm, collected, happy, sane

4. Abjectly(विशेष रूप से
Synonyms: apologetically, meanly, ingloriously, obscurely, poorly
Antonyms: boastfully, haughtily, proudly

5. Crisis(संकट)
Synonyms: catastrophe, change, confrontation, crunch, deadlock
Antonyms: agreement, benefit, blessing, breakthrough, calm

6. Cryptic(गुप्त/छिपा हुआ
Synonyms: ambiguous, arcane, enigmatic, equivocal, incomprehensible
Antonyms: certain, clear, common, definite, known

7. Conveyed(सूचित करना/सौंपना
Synonyms: bring, send, transfer, transmit, back
Antonyms: receive, take, deny, discourage, dissuade

8. Counterpart(समकक्ष).
Synonyms: Doppelganger, analogue, complement, copy, correlate
Antonyms: original

9. Conceded(स्वीकार किया
Synonyms: accept, admit, allow, capitulate, cave in
Antonyms: defend, deny, disallow, disapprove, dispute

10. Deport(पेश आना/निकाल देना)
Synonyms: dismiss, displace, exile, expatriate, expel
Antonyms: allow, hold ,keep, take in, welcome

11. Dignity(गौरव/मर्यादा).
Synonyms: decency,m decorum, grace, grandeur, greatness
Antonyms: dishonor, evil, immorality, indecency, insignificance

12. Discriminatory(भेदभावपूर्ण )
Synonyms: biased, inequitable, prejudiced, unfair
Antonyms: fair, impartial, unbiased, unprejudiced

13. Engaged(लगे हुए/व्यस्त)
Synonyms: committed, hooked, matched, affianced, betrothed
Antonyms: available, disengaged, inoperable, not working, uninvolved

14. Impending(उपस्थित/आसन्न)
Synonyms: approaching, brewing, imminent, looming, coming
Antonyms: gone, past, distant, later, never

15. Occasion(अवसर )
Synonyms: incident, moment, opening, opportunity, possibility
Antonyms: misfortune

16. Simultaneously(एक साथ
Synonyms: together, as one, concurrently, in concert

17. Tally(मेल खाना)
Synonyms: poll, total, account, mark, reckoning.


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