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Life upended for those left off Indian citizenship list

People wait to check their names on the draft list at the National Register of Citizens centre at a village in Nagaon, Assam state, India, July 30, 2018. — Reuters photo

By: Sarwar Alam

Nimai Hajong remembers almost nothing of the hills of eastern Bangladesh where he was born more than half a century ago, having fled as a small child to India where he has lived as a refugee ever since. The 58-year-old has been declared a foreigner — one of four million people effectively stripped of citizenship by the government of the northeastern state of Assam. Their names have been left off a draft list of citizens published late July that rights groups say threatens to render millions stateless if they cannot prove they are Indian. The controversial registry includes only those able to…

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