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In attempting to uphold the Constitution of India, state governments such as Kerala, Telengana and Rajasthan must not throw the baby out with the bathwater.
States need not refuse NPR updating. They can insist on certain precautions to ensure Census’ sanctity and their own legal obligations are not violated.
As coronavirus spreads and 12 states reject NPR and NRC, Shaheen Bagh’s women must count their gains, cut their losses and leave.
The opposition to implementing the NPR in its 2020 format is increasing quickly. Two NDA-led states are also in the list of those against the exercise.
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Home Minister Amit Shah said that people won't have to submit citizenship documents under the NPR exercise, which begins on 1 April, and no one will be marked ‘doubtful’.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami had written to the Centre seeking appropriate amendments to the provisions to allay the fears of minority communities, especially Muslims.
In the absence of a proper data protection law, the NPR is an excessive centralisation of personal data waiting to be politically misused.
Govt’s stand comes despite objections from states. Parliamentary Standing Committee advises caution, given the apprehensions in the country.
In a statement, 190 economists and social scientists have pointed out that it is crucial that collection of Census 2021 data is safe and uncontaminated by other factors.