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India is such a vast country that it has absorbed, unknowingly, millions of outsiders as its own citizens, many a time supported by vested interests to prop up their vote banks (“NRC omissions raise fear in Assam”, June 25). The citizenship issue has been handled in such a casual manner over the decades that we now have strange situations of such persons holding constitutional posts or even being in possession of new identification documents which are the preserve of only Indian citizens.

Any attempt to get at the root of the problem is painted with a communal colour or seen as regional bias, rendering the whole exercise open to explosive reprisals.

Restricting the exercise only to Assam while illegal citizens are spread across the length and breadth of the country is also debatable. Given the way such sensitive issues have been handled in the past, getting a final list of legal citizens would in all probability remain a pipe dream

V. Subramanian,

Chennai

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