India has recently excluded four million people from the National Register of Citizens, thereby deeming them ‘illegal’ and, if their appeals fail, will deny them citizenship. In our specially curated conversation series Suddenly Stateless, The Polis Project takes an in-depth look at the controversial National Register of Citizens through conversations with various scholars, reporters, writers, artists, historians, anthropologists and political scientists.
The Polis Project’s Suchitra Vijayan spoke to Malini Sur is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society and teaches anthropology at Western Sydney University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam (2012). She has conducted fieldwork in Bangladesh and India, and with South Asian asylum seekers in Belgium. She first traveled to lower Assam’s border char (seasonal inland) areas in 2007 on dissertation fieldwork, seeking to explore the life-worlds of undocumented Bangladeshi laborers.
You can hear more from the series here