Millions in limbo as nativist anger roils Indian state

  • People whose names did not appear in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft stand in a queue to collect forms to file appeals in Mayong, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. A draft list of citizens in Assam, released in July, put nearly 4 million people on edge to prove their Indian nationality. Nativist anger churns through Assam, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

  • A man whose name was left out in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft gives his thumb print as he collects forms to file an appeal in Mayong, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. A draft list of citizens in Assam, released in July, put nearly 4 million people on edge to prove their Indian nationality. Nativist anger churns through Assam, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
  • People whose names were left out in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft stand in a queue to collect forms to file appeals in Mayong, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. A draft list of citizens in Assam, released in July, put nearly 4 million people on edge to prove their Indian nationality. Nativist anger churns through Assam, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
  • Kismat Ali, whose wife’s name did not appear on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft, shows a form he collected to file an appeal in Mayong, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018. On Friday, the 3.9 million residents left off Assam’s draft list of citizens began filing their appeals, wading into a byzantine legal and bureaucratic process that many fear could lead to detention, expulsion or years in limbo. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

MAYONG, India — The rice farmer doesn’t know how it happened. Abdul Mannan just knows a mistake was made somewhere. But what can you say when the authorities suddenly insist one of your five children isn’t an Indian? What do you do when your wife and daughter-in-law are suddenly viewed as illegal immigrants?

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