One Lakh Gurkhas Excluded From NRC List. After Serving India For Years, Where Will They Go Now?

One Lakh Gurkhas Excluded From NRC List. After Serving India For Years, Where Will They Go Now
About one lakh members of the Gurkha community were excluded from the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was published on August 31 this year.

They, like the 1.9 million applicants whose names were also found to be missing, were told to file their appeals at the Foreign Tribunals (FTs). The Gurkhas, however, are the angry lot and are reportedly refusing to file their appeals at Foreign Tribunals. 

According to a Hindustan Times report, the Gorkha community came from an ancient kingdom in western Nepal. They were first brought to the northeastern state as workers and soldiers by British colonisers, when the Assam was annexed in the 19th century.

“Assam’s Gorkhas won’t go to the Foreigners’ Tribunals to prove their citizenship. Being tried thus is an insult for an Indian,” Sukhman Moktan, president of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha (BGP) was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times report. 

The government has made no exemption for the Gurkhas from the NRC formalities so far whereas the community is up in arms for their guaranteed inclusion.

A Government of India gazette notification in 1988 was intended to reiterate the status of Gorkhas, those members of the community resident in India since at least 1950 are citizens, providing they hold no other nationality.

Prem Tamang, president of the All-Assam Gorkha Students Union (AAGSU), claimed in the report that the Gorkhas were left out of the NRC, despite providing documents of citizenship.

For several decades, Gorkha residents of Darjeeling hills and the adjoining areas have been demanding a separate state by the name of Gorkhaland and their demands have often turned into violent protests and strikes that have lasted for months in a row.

But while the movement for Gorkhaland has undergone several twists and turns and there seem very little progress with regards to a lasting solution to their demand, the exclusion of the members from the community in Assam NRC list may further galvanise their ongoing struggle on a nationwide scale.

https://www.indiatimes.com/
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About one lakh members of the Gurkha community were excluded from the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was published on August 31 this year.

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