Draft charter of demands seeks autonomy for Assam

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    Draft charter of demands seeks autonomy for Assam
    India - 7 may 2011

    GUWAHATI: A citizens group of Assam, which has brokered peace between Ulfa and the Centre, has prepared the draft charter of demands that seeks constitutional amendment providing overwhelming autonomy to Assam.

    The citizens peace broker group, Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan, on Saturday handed over the draft charter to Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, who said that the draft charter will be discussed at the outfit's platform and a formally decision will be taken in one month's time before starting the talks. The draft on adoption by Ulfa will form the basis of the unconditional talks that both and Ulfa and centre have agreed to hold.

    Last January the Ulfa leadership has held courtesy meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi and the formal talks had to be kept on hold because of the assembly elections in Assam in April.

    Eminent scholar and intellectual Hiren Gohain, who is the chief convenor of the citizens peace broker group, Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA), said, "The idea was to prepare with expert help available a charter of demands that will gain for the indigenous peoples of the state sufficient economic and financial resources and political and constitutional powers to chalk out an independent path of development for themselves within the Indian union."

    "The charter demands constitutional amendments to give the state of Assam and thereby its people greater control over its own future through strengthening the state's power to control the revenues generated here from the natural resources and planning and process of use of the natural resources, to secure demographic situation as well as accelerated balanced development," Gohain said after formally handing over the 390-page draft charter to Ulfa chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa here on Saturday said.

    He said, "This charter of demand will be the basis of discussion between Ulfa and the government."

    Ulfa chairman Rajkhowa said, "This draft charter reflects the hopes and aspirations of the people of Assam. We will discuss this draft at our organization platform for consideration and take the formal decision in one month's time before we submit it to the government." He said both Ulfa and the government has agreed to hold unconditional talks.

    Without making direct reference to the lingering peace talks between centre and NSCN (IM), which has entered the 14th year, Rajkhowa appealed to the government for discussions with Ulfa on fast track. "We do not want a prolonged discussion. We are trying for a fast solution and we appeal the government to reciprocate the same way."



    Source: The Times of India
     
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    If they feel this reflects the aspirations of the people of Assam, then why not call for a referendum on this by the Assamese people (minus illegal Bangladeshis) and see how it turns out?
     
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    warriorextreme Senior Member Senior Member

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    Most of NE people are frustrated with AFSPA....NE friends in my college also support freedom...what is wrong with autonomy??
    cant we give them autonomy like Hongkong?? or we can come up with our very own autonomy policy..
     
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    Autonomy = Corruption, atleast with the current trend in India. There are autonomous districts in Assam, ruled by ethnic people, who are corrupt to the core. Just 2 years back, NIA arrested many terrorist leaders from remote places in Assam, and after questioning them got to know that local politicians were diverting money to aid these groups. The scam was 1000 crore or maybe even more. All Congress people though. Not much was reported in the national media.

    And after getting autonomy, who would rule Assam? ULFA guys. Do you think murderers should be leaders of a state? Should they not rot in jail? A lot many people have suffered due to GoI's bad decisions when it comes to the NE. Assam or any other state of NE is the same as Bihar or Tamilnadu or M.P.

    ULFA does not have a backbone now, they are almost finished. This is the reason ULFA is talking to the GoI. Think, think what if ULFA was strong as in the 90s, would they have negotiated with the GoI? Current CM of Assam wants these SOB's to join politics. Well, I say make them the President, the PM, Army Chief.

    Bad idea if GoI succumbs to it.
     
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    warriorextreme Senior Member Senior Member

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    so you mean there is no corruption in other parts of India?
    we will not give everything in their hand right??
    GOI will be have command over military and also will monitor corruption...but they can have their own Prime minister and democratic government..ULFA will not be in scenario as this will be a people's democratic autonomous region.
     
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    You and your friends in your college do not know jack. There are autonomous districts in Assam, ruled by ethnic people. Those districts are corrupt heavens. Terrorism breeds there. It's a lie when some NE people whine - that they want freedom, or do not support AFSPA. These are a minuscule of the population. These are the people in sheep's clothing, who actually support the wolf.

    Why is NE backward in terms of development? Central Govt, allots fund to NE states, much more for development of hill areas, so why is NE backward?
     
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    warriorextreme Senior Member Senior Member

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    but why should not we support total reform of democracy in NE?
    let PEOPLE have things in their hands and not these corrupt elements..when they are autonomous they will generate their own revenue and GOI wont be giving any funds nor it will be taking any money from NE...only funds allocated will be for military developments along china border..
     
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    There is corruption everywhere. But everywhere it does not breed terrorism. In NE it does. GoI even now has financial and military command over those Autonomous Districts, so?

    Your sentiments for your NE friends apart, you yourself need to live in that place to have an idea of the situation there. Why some people support AFSPA? Who some people do not.

    And wishing they can have their own PM is childish talk. And Assam is a part of India, and the state government there is democratic.

    ULFA would not be in the scenario? How old are you again?
     
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    Everything will fall flat. I for one do not understand why GoI is even talking to ULFA.
     
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    Yeah, they would be as developed as J.K

    PS: I'm speaking from the rear since I know fig about issues in Assam.
     
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    if state gov. is democratic then why there are autonomous districts...doesn't it mean we need complete reform of democracy in NE?
    If ULFA is ready to drop weapons and talk then why will it be seen as old ULFA ?? Remember NEPAL?
    Above article says People want autonomy for indigenous people...its not like GOI is going to do things blindly and give everything in hands of ULFA...
     
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    What do you mean by total reform of democracy in NE? Are NE states currently under a Dictator|King|China? Elections are held democratically every 5 years. People choose leaders by exercising their right to vote. So what is total reform of democracy in NE?

    You mean let people have power in their hands. So, in a democracy not all can become representatives and run a State, right? So, we choose and elect leaders. Those leaders then run the state for the people of the state.

    Who said if a state becomes autonomous, central government only needs to pay for funds to be used for military developments along China border? You think NE as a basket case, like every state has a border with China? :lol:

    Autonomous districts in NE are only generating terrorism and corruption.
     
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    you are repeatedly talking about autonomous districts...which means they are not part of democracy even though geographically they are in Government of Assam..
    what kind of democracy is this??
    how many regions in Maharashtra are like this which are controlled by local people only??
    Democratic government is meant to have all rights over all parts of a state and still there are these autonomous regions which are generating terrorism and corruption...i do not see any good reason for democratic reform than this.
     
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    @warriorextreme

    Autonomy is a bad idea for a diverse country like India, with has a lot of sub-nationalism feeling in every region. Indian states do need more economic autonomy from the center, but giving any sort of political autonomy is a bad idea.

    Anyway, the fact that the Assamese separatist are asking for autonomy is a good sign. First they began by asking Independence then they start asking for autonomy and hopefully in the future they will realize that its better to be part of India as it is.
     
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    An intelligent question should have been "If there are autonomous districts, then why an Autonomous state?" And that question should have been directed towards your NE friends, who seem to know a lot.

    And what do you mean by old ULFA? Should we now forget all those innocent people they killed?

    You also need to understand who these people are, who are talking about autonomy.
     
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    I cannot spoon feed you. You have access to the internet. There is google.

    WE @ Please get some of your NE friends in here. Would be nice!
     
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