Padmini Baruah


The historical contestations around documentary citizenship in Assam have led to a situation where people from ethno -religious minority groups find themselves at the fringes of citizenship. Through a closer look at case law being played out before Assam’s citizenship tribunals, this article seeks to explore the arbitrary bureaucratic barriers that are depriving people of their crucial right to access all other rights. This is framed in the context of the historical developments that have led to conflicts around identity in the region. Through my research, I argue that the use of documentation has served specific political goals which work in tandem with existing vulnerabilities to disenfranchise those who are already disadvantaged.

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Padmini Baruah, '"The Right to Have Rights": Assam and the Legal Politics of Citizenship' (2020) 16(2) Socio-Legal Review 17

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