India has published the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of genuine citizens in the state of Assam, excluding 1.9 million people amid fears they could be rendered stateless.

Last July more than four million people in the northeastern state were excluded from the final draft list of citizens published by the Registrar General of India.

The NRC list is unique to Assam and was first prepared in 1951. It will include those whose names appear in the 1951 document and their descendants.

The list will also include those who have been on India’s electoral rolls up to March 24, 1971, or in any other document approved by the government.

The government says it carried out the mammoth exercise to detect and deport

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