New Delhi, Nov 3: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was a “base document for the future” and “a vital initiative for peaceful co-existence” while criticizing media outlets for worsening the situation by reporting irresponsibly.
The NRC is not a document of the moment … It is a base document for the future. A document on which we can determine future claims, he said.
Gogoi said the Assam National Register of Citizens (NRC) process to identify illegal aliens residing in the border State was “neither a new or novel idea” but only an attempt to update the 1951 NRC list.
“This is an occasion to put things in proper perspective, National Register of Citizens (NRC), as it may finally emerge, is not a document of the moment. 19 lakhs or 40 lakhs is not the point. It’s base document for future,”the Chief Justice said at the launch of the a book “Post-Colonial Assam” by Mrinal Talukdar.
“A document on which we can refer to determine future claims. The intrinsic value of the NRC, in my view, is mutual peaceful co-existence. Progressive societies are meant to be inclusive,” said Justice Gogoi.
Justice Gogoi said the national discourse on the NRC had seen the emergence of armchair commentators who present a distorted picture.
He also slammed people using the social media to cast aspersions on the NRC. “The social media and its tools have been used by many commentators to double speak on the issue. They launched a motivated tirade at a democratic institution. These commentators and their vile on the initiative (NRC) was far removed from the facts,” he said.
“There was an urgent need to ascertain with some degree of certainty the number of illegal migrants, which is what the current exercise of NRC had attempted, nothing more nothing less,” he said.