Another Indian state creates list of indigenous people

Nagaland govt says it is a bid to prevent fake certs, but it has raised fears of nativist politics

Tribes in Nagaland taking part in an event called the Hornbill Festival in 2012. PHOTO: TAN CHUNG LEE
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Even before the eastern Indian state of Assam concludes its controversial exercise to detect illegal foreigners, the decision by a second Indian state to do something similar has raised concerns about the spread of nativist politics.

The government of Nagaland will begin setting up a Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) today, as a "master list" of indigenous inhabitants of the state. The government says the RIIN is an attempt to prevent people from acquiring fake indigenous inhabitant certificates.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2019, with the headline Another Indian state creates list of indigenous people. Subscribe