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Aliens in Assam: Electoral fodder for BJP, Congress
Aliens in Assam: Electoral fodder for BJP, Congress

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Amulya Ganguli

Ever since the former saffron stalwart, Arun Shourie, created a stir in the 1980s with his articles on illegal immigrants in Assam comprising Bangladeshi Muslims, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seen the issue as an excellent one to furbish its nationalist credentials by portraying the "aliens" as a security threat. The depiction also fitted in with the party's anti-Muslim worldview.

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Update: 04-August-2018

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