In Assam, a ‘mini-NRC’ for Muslims is on cards
GUWAHATI: Assam’s indigenous Muslims have decided to prepare their own “mini-NRC” in order to re-establish their distinct identity as indigenous residents of the state.
Starting from April 15, Rongali Bihu, the Janagosthiya Samannay Parishad (JSP) would lead the exercise in which applicants would be required to apply online for the inclusion of their names in the list of indigenous Muslims.
A draft list would be published following verification of documents.
JSP chief convenor Mominul Awal stretched that the ‘census’ of the indigenous Muslims was highly needed to distinguish the indigenous Muslims from the migrated Muslims.
In Assam, four communities— Goriya, Moriya, Deshi, and Julha — are considered as the indigenous Muslim communities.
Awal alleged that the need for the census was felt as a group of the migrated Muslims has conspired to make all Muslims living in Assam one community. “The indigenous Muslims have a distinct identity, given by the Ahom kings and Bir Chilarai (of Koch Royal Dynasty),” Awal said.
While the Muslims constitute 34.22% of Assam’s total population, Awal said Assam’s indigenous Muslim population was estimated to be around 40 lakh.