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Assam unit of Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangh releasing the white paper in Guwahati on Saturday.(HT Photo)

Gorkhas of Assam seek recognition as indigenous group, release white paper

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:25 AM IST
The Clause 6 of the Assam Accord signed in 1985 seeks to provide constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the indigenous Assamese people.
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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal saluting the tricolour after unfurling it at Judges’ Field in Guwahati on Saturday on the occasion of Independence Day.(HT photo.)
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal saluting the tricolour after unfurling it at Judges’ Field in Guwahati on Saturday on the occasion of Independence Day.(HT photo.)

Assam CM reiterates commitment to implementing Clause 6 of Assam Accord

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times,  Guwahati
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 12:54 PM IST
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal led the Independence Day celebrations in Guwahati by unfurling the tricolour followed by the guard of honour ceremony.
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The tripartite accord involving AASU, the state government and the Centre was signed in 1985 after a six-year agitation against illegal immigrants.(https://twitter.com/himantabiswa)
The tripartite accord involving AASU, the state government and the Centre was signed in 1985 after a six-year agitation against illegal immigrants.(https://twitter.com/himantabiswa)

Clause 6 of Assam Accord will be enforced, says govt

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 05:06 AM IST
The assurance came a day after All Assam Students Union (AASU) made public a high-level committee’s confidential report on the implementation of the accord.
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Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government is committed to implement the Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord which pertains to safeguards for the preservation and promotion of Assamese identity and heritage.(https://twitter.com/himantabiswa)
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state government is committed to implement the Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord which pertains to safeguards for the preservation and promotion of Assamese identity and heritage.(https://twitter.com/himantabiswa)

Committed to implement Clause 6 of Assam Accord, says Assam govt

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON AUG 12, 2020 10:20 PM IST
Upset at ‘inaction’ by the government on a high-level committee ’s confidential report on the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. even after five months of its submission, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) made it public on Tuesday.
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A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, issued a notice to the central and Assam governments and tagged the matter to be heard with other petitions challenging the CAA.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, issued a notice to the central and Assam governments and tagged the matter to be heard with other petitions challenging the CAA.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

CAA threatens Assamese culture and identity, says plea in Supreme Court

By Murali Krishnan | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 09:33 PM IST
The petitioner, All Assam Law Students Union, submitted that the CAA dilutes the constitutional and legal safeguards given to the Assamese people by various laws and the Assam Accord of 1985.
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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.(PTI)
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.(PTI)

Panel on ‘constitutional safeguards’ to Assamese submits report to CM

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 04:09 PM IST
During his visit to Assam earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had assured that the Centre won’t delay implementation of the committee’s recommendations.
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The high-level committee formed by the union home ministry on Clause 6 of Assam Accord has completed its report and is waiting to hand it over to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.(ANI Photo)
The high-level committee formed by the union home ministry on Clause 6 of Assam Accord has completed its report and is waiting to hand it over to Union Home Minister Amit Shah.(ANI Photo)

MHA panel on Assam Accord Clause 6 completes its report

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2020 06:08 AM IST
Three members of the 14-member committee formed in July last year declined comment on the nature of recommendations but emphasized that the report is yet to be submitted.
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Villagers check for their names in the final NRC list in Buraburi village in Assam’s Morigaon district in this file photo.(AP)
Villagers check for their names in the final NRC list in Buraburi village in Assam’s Morigaon district in this file photo.(AP)

As high court rejects Assam woman’s plea, a look at what exactly is needed to prove citizenship in the state

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 08:38 AM IST
In August last year, after a five-year process supervised by the Supreme Court, the updated NRC of Assam, which excluded names of 19 lakh applicants was published.
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Prime Minister Naranda Modi(PTI file photo)
Prime Minister Naranda Modi(PTI file photo)

At Assam event, PM Modi seeks to assuage concerns of state’s CAA protesters

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Kokrajhar
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 07:36 PM IST
Addressing a large crowd to celebrate the signing of the Bodo Accord last month, Modi accused some sections of fear-mongering.
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Former CM Tarun Gogoi, along with Congress leaders, staging a protest against CAA outside the Assam assembly on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Former CM Tarun Gogoi, along with Congress leaders, staging a protest against CAA outside the Assam assembly on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Himanta Sarma for rules in CAA to protect indigenous Assamese

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2020 12:50 AM IST
Sarma’s address came amid protests by Congress lawmakers, who shouted slogans inside the Assembly and staged a demonstration outside the House, seeking a discussion on the CAA.
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during the special session of Bihar Assembly at Bihar Vidhan Bhawan in Patna on Monday.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar during the special session of Bihar Assembly at Bihar Vidhan Bhawan in Patna on Monday.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

All-India NRC irrelevant, has no justification: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

By Arun Kumar | Hindustan Times, Patna
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2020 02:07 AM IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, who heads a coalition government with the Bharatiya Janata Party, said he was ready for a debate on any issue that has created turmoil including Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
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BJP working president JP Nadda addresses the party's booth level president and elected representatives' meet to support the new Citizenship law, in Guwahati on Saturday.(ANI Photo)
BJP working president JP Nadda addresses the party's booth level president and elected representatives' meet to support the new Citizenship law, in Guwahati on Saturday.(ANI Photo)

‘Try speaking 10 lines’: BJP’s Nadda throws CAA challenge to Rahul Gandhi

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2020 10:11 PM IST
Assam Accord fixed March 24, 1971, the cut-off date for residency and promised to deport the rest. The cut-off date in the CAA is December 2014. BJP working president, JP Nadda said the Centre will implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord in “letter and spirit” to address the indigenous people’s concerns.
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A demonstrator burns tyres during a protest rally against CAB, Kamrup district Assam, December 13, 2019(PTI)
A demonstrator burns tyres during a protest rally against CAB, Kamrup district Assam, December 13, 2019(PTI)

How to quell the CAA unrest

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2019 05:53 PM IST
Pull back from the NRC. Change the timeline for the Northeast
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Former Assam CM and AGP leader Prafula Mahanta has said that his party opposes the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.(ANI / Twitter)
Former Assam CM and AGP leader Prafula Mahanta has said that his party opposes the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.(ANI / Twitter)

‘Not going to support amended Citizenship Act’: AGP’s Prafulla Mahanta repeats decision to move Supreme Court

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2019 01:53 PM IST
Former Assam chief minister and AGP leader Prafulla Kr Mahanta said the Citizenship (Amendment) Act ‘will violate Assam Accord and make indigenous people of Assam, a minority here”.
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Protestors burn tyres during Assam Bandh stike called by All Assam Chutia Students' Union and All Moran Students Union against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), in Guwahati.(PTI)
Protestors burn tyres during Assam Bandh stike called by All Assam Chutia Students' Union and All Moran Students Union against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), in Guwahati.(PTI)

Understanding Clause 6 of Assam Accord

By Amrita Madhukalya | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2019 01:00 AM IST
This is the third time this year that Clause 6 has hit the headlines; in January, it was in the news after the Modi government formed a committee to implement it. The accord brought to an end, six years of the Assam movement, an agitation in the state against undocumented immigrants.
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Home Minister Amit Shah during a meeting with various northeastern leaders on Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), in New Delhi, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.(PTI FILE)
Home Minister Amit Shah during a meeting with various northeastern leaders on Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), in New Delhi, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.(PTI FILE)

Citizenship Amendment Bill, likely in Parliament next week, has a new cutoff date

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2019 12:17 PM IST
Several northeastern states have flagged their concerns about provisions of the bill, suggesting that it was detrimental to the interests of the indigenous population.
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The West Bengal assembly has passed a resolution to rename the state as ‘Bangla’.(HT image)
The West Bengal assembly has passed a resolution to rename the state as ‘Bangla’.(HT image)

Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi, raises issue of renaming West Bengal

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2019 02:17 PM IST
Responding to a question on the National Register of Citizens, she said it is part of Assam Accord, hence there is no provision of its implementation in West Bengal.
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Khaibar Ali (43) along with his father Jahur Ali (73) and mother Sarifa Bebi (54) check the names in the recently published final list of the National Register of Citizens, Baska district, Assam, September 1, 2019(PTI)
Khaibar Ali (43) along with his father Jahur Ali (73) and mother Sarifa Bebi (54) check the names in the recently published final list of the National Register of Citizens, Baska district, Assam, September 1, 2019(PTI)

NRC: Assam Accord is the legal shield for many of those excluded from the updated register

By Sushanta Talukdar
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 04:30 PM IST
New narratives may influence the demand for making 1951 the cut-off year for identification of “Illegal Bangladeshi migrants” pushed by the BJP and the Sangh Parivar as well as those opposed to the cut-off date of 1971
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Assam NRC: The Centre has reassured people who were left out of the final citizens’ list in Assam and underscored that they would not lose their privileges as a citizen till the judicial appeals process is complete.(Photo by Biju BORO / AFP)
Assam NRC: The Centre has reassured people who were left out of the final citizens’ list in Assam and underscored that they would not lose their privileges as a citizen till the judicial appeals process is complete.(Photo by Biju BORO / AFP)

Assam NRC: Won’t lose any rights till legal options exhausted, says Centre

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 10:29 AM IST
NRC Assam List: The Home Ministry says no action will be taken against people who have been excluded out of the Assam citizens’ list as long as they have not exhausted their legal options.
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Activists of Sachetan Nagarik Mancha Axom during a silent demonstration against NRC in New Delhi on August 17.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Activists of Sachetan Nagarik Mancha Axom during a silent demonstration against NRC in New Delhi on August 17.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)

Clause 6 of Assam Accord: Panel member seeks firm steps to safeguard natives

By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2019 12:56 AM IST
This is the first time a member of the panel, Pallab Bhattacharya, has spoken on the mandate before the panel in the context of an updated citizens’ register released on Saturday.
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The final NRC was released on Saturday leaving out over 19 lakh applicants.(PTI Photo)
The final NRC was released on Saturday leaving out over 19 lakh applicants.(PTI Photo)

Unhappy with exclusion figure in NRC, Assam Students’ Union to move Supreme Court

By Press Trust of India | Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2020 02:34 AM IST
The AASU is a signatory to the Assam Accord, a 1985 document that provided for “detection, deletion and deportation” of illegal foreigners from Assam.
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Security personnel patrol on a road ahead of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Kachari Para village, in Hojai district, Assam, August 30, 2019(REUTERS Photo)
Security personnel patrol on a road ahead of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Kachari Para village, in Hojai district, Assam, August 30, 2019(REUTERS Photo)

Assam NRC: CM Sonowal promises due care of excluded people on the night before the big day

By Utpal Parashar/Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 10:34 PM IST
Updating of the NRC is being carried out on the directions of the Supreme Court as per the 1985 Assam accord that led to insertion of Section 6A by an amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955.
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According to officials associated with the exercise, over 9,00,000 hearings have been held in the claims and the objections phase .(Reuters Photo)
According to officials associated with the exercise, over 9,00,000 hearings have been held in the claims and the objections phase .(Reuters Photo)

60 mn documents,15 mn notices, 120 TB data: The gruelling work behind NRC

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2019 08:03 PM IST
The authorities undertook the humungous task of digitising 6,00,000 old, even dog-eared pages of four major documents -- the 1951 NRC done in Assam, the voters lists of 1961, 1966 and 1971 -- together bunched as legacy documents.
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National register of citizens is an exercise which was first done in 1951 to enumerate the citizens, their houses and holdings.(REUTERS/Stringer)
National register of citizens is an exercise which was first done in 1951 to enumerate the citizens, their houses and holdings.(REUTERS/Stringer)

Final Assam citizens list tomorrow: All you need to know about the list

By Sadiq Naqvi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUN 23, 2020 08:42 PM IST
The government has sought to ease fears in Assam ahead of NRC list, reiterating that those excluded will not automatically be declared foreigners and that people should not believe rumours.
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Parsis, the Assam Accord, and a funny memoir on dating on HT Picks this week!(HT Team)
Parsis, the Assam Accord, and a funny memoir on dating on HT Picks this week!(HT Team)

HT Picks: This week’s most interesting reads

By HT Team | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 07:40 AM IST
On the reading list this week is an A to Z of the Parsi way of life, an examination of the Assam Accord, and a memoir about the evolving dating habits of middle aged men and women.
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The Assam Accord was a tripartite agreement signed in 1985 between the Centre, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad (AAGSP) that brought the six-year-long anti-foreigner movement in the state to an end.(HT file photo for representation)
The Assam Accord was a tripartite agreement signed in 1985 between the Centre, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and the All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad (AAGSP) that brought the six-year-long anti-foreigner movement in the state to an end.(HT file photo for representation)

Panel seeks suggestions from public on Clause 6 of Assam Accord

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2019 07:01 PM IST
In a public notice issued on Thursday through newspapers, the committee headed by Justice (Retired) BK Sharma has asked stakeholders, social organizations, individuals etc. to give their views, comments and suggestions on Clause 6 of the Assam Accord
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Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for applicants whose names have not figured in the NRC, said as per the Citizenship Act every person born in India after January 26, 1950 upto July 1, 1987 were citizens of India by birth.(HT FILE)
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for applicants whose names have not figured in the NRC, said as per the Citizenship Act every person born in India after January 26, 1950 upto July 1, 1987 were citizens of India by birth.(HT FILE)

Not bothered by criticism, want NRC out on time: SC

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2019 03:28 AM IST
NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela had brought to the court’s notice the statements made by Assam leaders on the NRC updation process.
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People wait to check their names on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Goroimari of Kamrup district in the Indian state of Assam on January 1, 2018. Image used for representational purpose.(AFP/ File photo)
People wait to check their names on the first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) at Goroimari of Kamrup district in the Indian state of Assam on January 1, 2018. Image used for representational purpose.(AFP/ File photo)

Tribunals must give final order in 4 months on NRC final list

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 01:50 AM IST
At present, there are 100 tribunals, which deal with the cases of people suspected to be illegal immigrants by the border organisation of the Assam Police or marked D (doubtful voter) in electoral rolls.
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Ahmed, 19, worries about his future, he fears he won’t be eligible for a govt job.
Ahmed, 19, worries about his future, he fears he won’t be eligible for a govt job.

My first vote:‘I am from Assam... but will I be on NRC?’

By Sadiq Naqvi and Snigdha Poonam | Barpeta Road (Assam)
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 04:33 PM IST
18 million people between 18 and 23 are estimated to cast their ballot for the first time in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. What do they want?
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Assam Accord won’t be violated, says Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.(PTI)
Assam Accord won’t be violated, says Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.(PTI)

Assam Accord won’t be violated: CM Sarbananda Sonowal

By Press Trust of India | Guwahati
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2019 10:11 AM IST
Talking about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the chief minister asserted it is not true that the Assam Accord will be violated if the bill was implemented.
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