Success: The Urgent Case for Greater Urgency

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now The definition of the word “hustle” (as I know it) includes the idea of working with a sense of urgency. The word hustle has lost something. Now it is used to describe entrepreneurial behavior or endeavors. Many of these endeavors die from the very lack of hustle necessary to acquire enough clients or customers fast enough to survive. There is little sense of urgency, and much of our actions now show up in mediums like email instead of more powerful—and more useful–mediums. There is currently an urgent need for greater urgency.Results Now Are Better Than Results LaterLet’s assume you play the lottery called “Powerball.” (I know you don’t really play the Powerball and the only bet you make is on yourself, but this is a hypothetical). By some great fortune, you win a great fortune. The office where you need to fill out the forms and collect your new-found wealth opens at 8:00 AM. What time do you show up to receive your winnings?I imagine you are sitting in the parking lot hours before the first employee shows up to open the lottery office. You would rather have the money sooner rather than later. You would want to pull that result forward in time. If you agree with these statements, then you should work to obtain that same outcome in every other area of your life.If it takes twelve months to nurture and win your dream client, starting today is better than starting tomorrow. The sooner you begin the process, the sooner you produce the result. Waiting to take action move the result further into the future when you should want to pull it forward in time. You pay the penalty when you are lazy, distracted, or procrastinate. You pay an even more massive penalty when you don’t know what you want, don’t have goals, and fail to build a plan to achieve them.Speed Acquisition of Results and OpportunitiesYou have no doubt heard of a vicious cycle, that downward spiral you find yourself in where one bad event leads to the next. You may not know, however, that a vicious cycle has an opposite called a virtuous cycle. In a virtuous cycle, one good event leads to another and another. It’s an upward spiral of higher results and rewards.The sooner you create the first positive result, the sooner you produce the second one. You can’t start the process of creating a virtuous cycle if you don’t start. The speed at which you generate the results is the speed of your spiral. If you don’t work with urgency, the space between successes means your upward spiral will crawl up instead of racing in that direction. Urgency allows you to narrow the space between results, and as they get closer together, you create a flywheel.As you produce results and create success, you are provided with more opportunities. Those opportunities accelerate your success even more. Urgency comes with immense advantages. Sloth, apathy, cynicism, and self-doubt come at a price that no one should have to bear. Many bear it while incorrectly believing urgency would require more of them.Urgency Creates a Competitive AdvantageThere is a famous saying that goes something like, “Slow and steady wins the race.” Apparently, the person who said this has never actually run a race. Or perhaps they had just read Aesop’s fables. The point of the saying is that slow and steady beats fast and sporadic, a position no one would deny. The truth, however, is that fast and steady wins the race.Urgency creates a competitive advantage. Moving sooner and faster than your competition gives you an advantage. In markets, we call this first-mover advantage, where a company makes the market and captures share before any of their competitors (or would-be competitors) has a chance to respond. In sales, the first person to gain a meeting and shape their dream client’s view of their challenges or opportunities tends to win. There is research I have seen cited (without ever seeing the data myself) that suggests that the first person that returns a call also tends to win. Their call causes their prospect to stop calling other companies to look for help (a steep penalty to pay for moving too slow).If you want success sooner, you must produce results sooner. If you want to produce results sooner, you need to act with a sense of urgency.last_img read more

Big surprise that no one picked Ganguly: Akram

first_imgThe snub to Sourav Ganguly in the IPL players auction shocked his former Kolkata IPL team bowling coach Wasim Akram, who said he expected any of the other franchise to pick the ex-India captain for his “experience and leadership qualities”.In a major embarrasment for Ganguly, he was not picked by his home team Kolkata Knight Riders or any of the other franchises after two rounds of bidding last week.Sourav Ganguly.”Ganguly is a dear friend of mine. I thought he would be picked up by some franchise for his experience and leadership qualities. But it was a big surprise when he was totally ignored,” Akram said from Karachi, hinting that the IPL Kolkata team never had plans to hire the Prince of Kolkata.If the snub to Ganguly shocked Akram, the former Pakistan skipper was more surprised when there were no takers for dashing West Indian batsman Chris Gayle.”I just can’t believe it. Gayle is a game-changer but probably never fit the scheme of things for many teams. Maybe, teams think that Gayle does not help youngsters in the side,” said Akram.Akram believes IPL Kolkata have made a gamble by buying injury-plagued Australian tearaway pacer Brett Lee in the IPL auction last weekend.”Lee is part of Australia’s World Cup plans. He is playing Twenty20 in the KFC Big Bash. But there is certainly a risk involved with him or any other fast bowler for that matter. He might have been out of action for a year and a half but he is now fit and hungry. He is surely a threat to any opposition and he is a kind of gamble that any franchise would love to take,” he said.advertisementAkram said it was bull’s eye for KKR when Yusuf Pathan was bagged for USD 2.1 million.”KKR definitely had a plan to catch top marquee Indian players. But I think they had planned for one and got two.Both (Gautam) Gambhir and Yusuf are match-winners. Gambhir is a good mix of calmness and aggression. Yusuf, on the other hand, is a useful bowler and a very good fielder,” Akram said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Backcourt duo of DAngelo Russell Shannon Scott propel Buckeyes into Big Ten

Senior guard Shannon Scott (3) and freshman guard D’Angelo Russell (0) both helped lead the Buckeyes past Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 12 in Chicago. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorCHICAGO — The Ohio State men’s basketball team was struggling through a rough first half in the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota as it opened the game shooting 1-of-12 from long range.Enter the Yin-and-Yang combo of senior guard Shannon Scott and freshman D’Angelo Russell.The pair combined for 44 points Thursday night as the Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers, 79-73, in Chicago to advance to the tournament quarterfinals.Scott scored 21 points, setting a new career-high, in the win and said he was aggressive from the start of the game.“I just looked for my shot a little earlier in the game. I think a lot of times I settle and pass the ball around the perimeter,” he said. “I think I looked at the rim a lot more and when I felt I was open I attacked from there.”Scott finished 7-of-12 shooting from the field and added a team-high six assists to go along with five rebounds.He said a motivating factor for his performance, and the team’s performance as a whole, was a 72-48 drubbing at home on Sunday against Wisconsin.“Our biggest thing was after our senior night loss, just to play our best basketball now. We went out at the (Schottenstein Center) not playing how we wanted to play,” Scott said. “So we had to move on past it and get going again.”Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate, who scored just four points in his first college tournament game, said looking to seniors like Scott is important as March gets in full swing.“We definitely have to look close to them, because they have been there before,” Tate said. “They know the atmosphere, and being freshmen, they may know what we’re feeling.”OSU coach Thad Matta said after the game that he was proud of the way his team responded coming off of a tough loss.“We had a couple great practices leading into this,” Matta said. “I talked about it before the game tonight, I think, in terms of the way we came out. I was excited to see that.”Russell who had five turnovers against Wisconsin on Sunday, started Thursday’s game 0-of-6 from long range with eight points in the first half. He said it was Matta who woke him up in the second half.“Coach told me, ‘It’s time,’ and I started making shots for some reason,” Russell said. “I don’t know what it was. They started calling plays for me and putting me in positions to score and capitalize and create for others, and that’s what I did.”Russell’s biggest play of the game came with 1:41 on the clock when the Louisville, Ky., native stepped into a 3-point shot with the shot clock winding down and buried it to extend the OSU lead to seven and ultimately out of reach for Minnesota.Scott said even though he has only played with Russell for one season, he has come to expect those kinds of plays from the freshman.“That’s what he does … The whole year he has made some spectacular plays for us. He is uncanny scoring the ball,” Scott said. “When he has the ball in his hands, we know there is a good chance it is going in.”The game marked Russell’s first post-season college game and now that it is out of the way, he said he is looking forward to Friday’s matchup with Michigan State.“It’s win or go home, anything can happen,” he said. “Whoever our opponent is, we are just going to treat it like another game and trust the system.”The Buckeyes dropped their only matchup with the Spartans this season on Feb. 14 in East Lansing, Mich., 59-56, something Russell said he has not forgotten.“They only beat us by a buzzer beater,” Russell said. “I give a lot of credit to them. They played the gaps well, they were physical on me. They capitalized when we made mistakes.”The Buckeyes and Spartans are set to tip about 25 minutes after the Maryland vs. Indiana matchup on Friday night. read more

Football Ohio State lands commitment from 2019 fourstar running back Sampson James

Ohio State added to its future depth at running back Monday, with 2019 four-star prospect Sampson James tweeting he was committing to the Buckeyes.110% C O M M I T T E D @OSUCoachMeyer @CoachTonyAlford @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/Fp6z0Q6wGn— Sampson (@Sjames_2) March 19, 2018James is listed as the 142nd-best overall prospect in the 2019 class, while also ranking eighth at running back and second from Indiana, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.The 6-foot-1, 211-pound running back is the third recruit to commit to Ohio State, joining four-star offensive tackle Doug Nester and three-star offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby. Though still very early in the recruiting process for the 2019 class, Ohio State is now listed as having the 21st-best national and sixth-best Big Ten class.James will join what will be an impressive class of running backs returning to Ohio State in 2019. The Buckeyes landed three four-star running backs in 2018: Jaelen Gill, Brian Snead and Master Teague. The three are listed as the No. 30, 80 and 228 top overall prospects in the class, respectively. read more

Sensual fresco of Zeus and Leda discovered in ancient Pompeii bedroom

first_imgArchaeologists have found a fresco depicting Jupiter in the form of a swan and Leda, the legendary Spartan queen being impregnated by the god; a fairly common decoration theme in Pompeii and Herculaneum, another city destroyed in A.D. 79 by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius AP reports.What is different about this fresco is Leda’s gaze, according to Pompeii archaeological park director Massimo Osanna.“Leda watches the spectator with a sensuality that’s absolutely pronounced,” Osanna told Italian news agency ANSA explaining that the fresco was painted to make it appear Leda was looking at whoever saw the fresco upon entering the bedroom.“It is inspired by the Greek myth of love, with an explicit sensuality in a bedroom where, obviously beside sleep, there could be other activities”.In Greek mythology tradition Leda was said to have borne children fathered by the god Zeus, (or Jupiter), and by a mortal king of Sparta; she was the mother of Helen of Troy and the twins Castor and Pollux.An archeologist cleans up the fresco ”Leda e il cigno” (Leda and the swan) discovered last Friday in the Regio V archeological area in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. The fresco depicts a story and art subject of Greek mythology, with Queen of Sparta Leda being impregnated by Zeus – Jupiter in Roman mythology – in the form of a swan. Photo: ANSA/APCesare AbbateThe vivid fresco in which Leda also covers the bird with her cloak was discovered Friday during ongoing work to consolidate the ancient city’s structures at the park which is part of the Italian Culture Ministry.The bedroom is located near a corridor by the entrance of an upscale domus (home) which based on Osanna’s estimation belonged to a rich merchant who wanted to give the impression he was culturally advanced by incorporating myth-inspired frescoes.“It appears the artist was inspired by a 4th century B.C. sculpture by Timotheos,” he said.“Because of safety concerns, unexcavated parts of the domus will probably remain that way. Archaeologists are considering removing both frescos found in the home to a place where they can be protected and shown to the public.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

KPBSD Students In Transition Program Gifted 600 In Food Cards

first_imgThe food cards will go towards supporting the nutritional needs of local homeless students in the SIT Program, according to KPBSD. These students range from pre-kindergarten to the 12th grade and are in every community within the school district. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Job Center and Office of Public Assistance employees gifted the Kenai Peninsula Borough Students in Transition Program $600 worth of food cards. KPBSD has reported an increase in students who lack a permanent, stable, and adequate place to sleep at night. The district anticipates serving over 100 students who are homeless this year; already over 50 students are enrolled.center_img The ‘Students in Transition Program for Homeless Children and Youth‘ program provides services and support for those students. Everyone – from the teachers to the front desk – communicate because at the end of the day it’s about “helping students be the best they can be.” KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “We try to identify students that need extra support as soon as possible. Last year at this time we had approximately 20 students identified as homeless, and this year we are already over 50.” last_img read more

Wikileaks may bring Trumps latest crisis The 359 Ep 526

first_img Read Google Home Hub review Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher Read the Rylo camera preview $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It Sprint $6 at Tidal The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Comments Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It See at Turo $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET On this podcast, we talk about: New reports that President Donald Trump may have known about Wikileaks’ 2016 dump of Democrats’ hacked emailsA new task force at the Federal Trade Commission to scrutinize Silicon ValleyThe lifting of the last constraint on AT&T’s takeover of HBO parent Time Warner The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder. Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Wikileaks may bring Trump’s latest crisis (The 3:59, Ep. 526) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It $520 at HP Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $155 at Google Express $999 Politics Security Mobile Read the AirPods review $60 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET $299 at Amazon Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Apple iPhone XS Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) The Daily Charge Turo $999 The Cheapskate See it 7 $999 Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Time Warner AT&T WikiLeaks Donald Trump FTC,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Boost Mobile 2 Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Your browser does not support the audio element. $210 at Best Buy Comments Sarah Tew/CNET Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazonlast_img read more

Budget session adjourned till 18 June

first_img.The ongoing budget session in parliament was adjourned today (Tuesday) till 3:00pm on 18 June next due to Eid-ul Fitr, reports UNB.Deputy speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah who was in the chair announced the adjournment decision in the afternoon.Eid-ul-fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims, will be celebrated in the country either on 16 June or 17 June depending on sighting of the Shawwal moon.The government holiday for Eid will begin on Friday.The 5th budget session of the 10th parliament began on 5 June last and it will continue till 12 July next.Finance minister AMA Muhith on 7 June last placed a national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year in the House, which is scheduled to be passed on 28 June next. The Finance Bill will be passed on 27 June.last_img

British police arrest 18yearold in train attack probe

first_imgAn armed police officer (2L) and three military personel stand guard outside the Horse Guards Parade in central London on 16 September. Photo: AFPBritish police said they arrested an 18-year-old man on Saturday at a Channel port in their investigation into the bombing of a London Underground train.“The 18-year-old man was arrested by Kent Police in the port area of Dover this morning, Saturday, 16 September, under section 41 of the Terrorism Act,” police said in a statement that described the arrest as “significant”.“Although we are pleased with the progress made, this investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” police said.The man is in custody at a local police station and will be be transferred to a south London police station in “due course”.Thirty people were treated in hospital after a bomb detonated in a packed London Underground train on Friday morning, in what was Britain’s fifth terror attack in six months.The toll was revised upwards by one early Saturday.“This arrest will lead to more activity from our officers,” police said.“For strong investigative reasons we will not give any more details on the man we arrested at this stage.“This investigation continues and the threat level remains at critical,” the statement added.The Islamic State group said an IS “detachment” had been behind the bombing.Prime Minister Theresa May announced late Friday that the threat level had been raised to “critical—meaning another attack could be imminent—and said troops would take over guarding key sites to free police officers for deployment elsewhere.Four previous attacks in London and Manchester this year claimed the lives of 35 people.Three of those attacks involved a vehicle ploughing into pedestrians. The other was a bombing in May at a pop concert by US star Ariana Grande in Manchester which killed 22 people, including several children.last_img read more

Politics of citizenship flares anew in northeast India

first_imgA man whose name was left out in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft, looks at the form he had earlier filled as he stands to receive forms to file an appeal in Mayong, 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Friday, 10 August 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. Photo : APThe 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?”We are genuine Indians. We are not foreigners,” said Mannan, 50, adding his family has lived in India’s northeastern Assam state since the 1930s. “I can’t understand where the mistake is.”Neither can nearly 4 million other people who insist they are Indian but who now must prove their nationality as the politics of citizenship – overlaid with questions of religion, ethnicity and illegal immigration – swirls in a state where such questions have a long and bloody past.Today, nativist anger churns through the hills and plains of Assam state, just across the border from Bangladesh, with many here believing the state is overrun with illegal migrants.”India is for Indians. Assam is for Indians,” said Sammujjal Bhattachariya, a top official with the All Assam Students Union, which has been in the forefront of pushing for the citizenship survey. “Assam is not for illegal Bangladeshis.””We need a permanent solution,” he added.On Friday, some of the 3.9 million residents left off Assam’s draft list of citizens began picking up forms to file their appeals, wading into a byzantine legal and bureaucratic process that many fear could lead to detention, expulsion or years in limbo.Mannan, his two daughters and two of his sons were all listed on the citizenship list released in July. But his wife, a 17-year-old son and his daughter-in-law were nowhere to be seen. No explanation was given.”We are worried that the names are not there,” said Mannan, who lives with his family in a bamboo-walled hut, supporting them on about $150 a month in farming income. “How will we live? What will we do? How will we stay in Assam?”For decades, fears of widespread movement across the porous border with Bangladesh have triggered tensions between the state’s majority ethnic group, Assamese-speaking Hindus, and its Bengali-speaking Muslims.In the 1980s that erupted into violence, with hundreds of people killed in Assam amid waves of anti-migrant attacks. New Delhi eventually ruled that anyone who could prove their family had lived in India before Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence, which drove millions of Bangladeshis to flee across the border, would be considered an Indian citizen.But proving that can be deeply complicated in a region where basic paperwork – birth certificates, marriage certificates, leases – has only recently become commonplace in many rural villages.State officials insist they have done everything possible to make the procedure fair.”It’s been an extremely exhaustive process,” said Prateek Hajela, the coordinator of the citizenship project that involves 52,000 officials, visits to 6.8 million families and countless hearings to examine the details of family trees.But the politics of religion and ethnicity have been on the rise in India since 2014, when the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party was swept to power in national elections. The party quickly pushed to update the citizenship registry in Assam, where politicians have eagerly grabbed hold of the issue.”First our target is to segregate the foreigners. What steps we will take against them will come next,” Assam’s top elected official, Sarbananda Sonowal, told the Times of India in an interview early this year. “They will have only one right – human rights as guaranteed by the UN that include food, shelter and clothing.””For almost 40 years our people have been living in a state of confusion and uncertainty,” he told the newspaper.Today, hundreds of Bengali-speaking Muslims with suspect nationality are already living in a half-dozen detention camps in Assam.Assam has a population of roughly 33 million, with a little over one-third of them Muslims.”The concern over illegal migration is indeed genuine,” said Akhil Ranjan Dutta, a political analyst and professor at Gauhati University in Assam. “But unfortunately, political parties have always tried to score brownie points on the issue purely to gain votes.”Few deny there has been widespread illegal migration into Assam, often by poor Bangladeshis in search of work as farm laborers. The state’s demographics have shifted dramatically in recent decades, with the percentage of Bengali-speakers jumping from 22 per cent in 1991 to 29 per cent in 2011, and the percentage of Assamese-speakers declining. Many analysts, however, say those numbers in part reflect the higher birth rates among Muslims. Estimates on the number of illegal immigrants vary wildly, from a few hundred thousand to many millions.While Muslims appear to dominate the 3.9 million people left off the citizenship rolls, they aren’t the only people now facing a bureaucratic gauntlet.”I don’t know about politics. I am a poor man. I work all day, eat, and sleep at night. I don’t go anywhere else,” said Khitish Namo Das, 50, a rail-thin Hindu farmer who insists he was born in India and whose family of eight – except for one daughter-in-law – are now considered illegal.”When the names did not appear on the list it made me worry,” he said, then reassured himself: “I have the documents so I don’t think I need to worry too much.”It’s not clear what will happen to people who, once their appeals are used up, are still not listed as citizens. Detention is a strong possibility for some, but impoverished Bangladesh insists it will not accept mass expulsions back into its territory. Activists worry many could be left in limbo for years, perhaps decades, stateless wanderers like Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims.Even some of those who support the citizenship survey say the migrants are a significant part of the economy.”Those immigrants play a very important role in supplying your labor economy. So if those people are given work permits, minus political rights, they could be very valuable in Assam,” said Nani Gopal Mahanta, an Assam-based political analyst.But he defends the survey: “It’s a question of sovereignty, it’s a question of the security of this country.”Officials insist that the process will be open and trustworthy.”It’s going to be a fair procedure,” Hajela, the project coordinator, said last week. “We will ensure that no genuine citizen gets left out, and at the point in time, ensuring that the ineligibles don’t find their names there.”last_img read more