Secular politics is harming the Bodo minority in Assam

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  1. Ray

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    The author has his views.

    However, what one must ponder over are:

    1. Is it an ethnic issue or is it a communal issue.

    2. Or is it both? If so where do the lines merges?

    3. While smaller social and communal upheavals like Kandhamal or the Graham murders have rocked the national conscience and has kept the nation and media hyperventilating, why are the upheavals of the NE so blatantly ignored by the Nation and the national media? How many of Indians are aware of a group of people called Reangs of Mizoram and their plight?

    Here is an article about the Reangs of Mizoram
    Uday India

    4. Why is the NE so isolated from our conscience?

    5. The conspiracy theorists would say that the Assam CM delayed action so that both the Bodos and the Bangladeshi sort each other out and reduce their numbers since Assamese are not too fond of either. Would that be correct?

    6. How does one explain the population of Assam increase from 3.29 million in 1901 to 14.6 million in 1971, a 343.7 per cent increase compared to the all-India increase of nearly 150 per cent in the same period? And how does the Assam CM say that there are no Bangladeshis?

    7. Why is there no border fencing or possible modifications to what all term as the farcical Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act? Is it a political gambit and a necessity for vote banks?

    8. In 2004, when the religious demography of the 2001 census showed some strange results for Assam, the intelligentsia buried its head in the sand and ensured that all meaningful discussions on the subject were guillotined. Why?

    9. If indeed 2011 census reveals that 11 of the 27 districts of Assam now have a Muslim majority, how did that happen? At least, if the border districts were of Muslim Majority, how come the Radcliffe Commission that divide India into India and Pakistan, award such districts to India and not Pakistan?

    Issues that requires answers.
     
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    A problem, however, is likely to arise if the empowerment of minorities becomes a byword for injustice to others.

    This line is a keeper...not only from the context of Assam but also entire India...Trust Swapan da to come up with such...
     
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    I am waiting for Ms.Arundhati Roy and Teesta Setelvad to open their traps,, but as usual in such circumstances they will remain underground or in the case of Ms.Roy, busy fighting to save her illegal house in prohibited forest area.
     
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    Many may not agree with me, but Indians not from the NE find the NE a 'unknown frontier'!

    Poor rail and air links, total central neglect leading to no industry practically does not attract non NE people to visit or work there.

    I know of KV teachers and govt people who move heaven and earth not to be posted to Siliguri and East of it.

    The Army has a NE air courier service from Delhi and back just to facilitate the North Indians to visit their homes fast.

    No such air courier exists to South India from Delhi.

    However, it was there during the IPKF campaign.

    That is why people feel that India exists only in the North!

    Even so, South India is still kept within the ambit of the Centre, but the NE is 'virgin land' and 'uncharted territory' to the Delhi satraps!

    Bodos? Who are they? That was the refrain a few years ago......................till Nellie, Chaygaon and Gohpur happened!
     
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    Swapan da is one of my favourites.
     
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    The AIS cadre (IAS, IPS, IFS) just do not want to cross Patna towards East. Assam and East is bereft of them...
     
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    Ray Sir,
    You are correct , I had bengali friends from Tripura and the stories that I have heard from them show the sheer neglect of the region.

    But then the other part is that in certain states, till 90s ordinary Indians required a permit to travel there.
     
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    A country that rejects its own native citizen who are living there for millennia for the sake of taking side of illegally migrating Jihadis, to appease a votebank is a Failed State.
     
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    Illegal migrants are making an excuse that their Voter IDs and Ration cards have burnt in the riots, so how can they produce such documents , how cheap ! either they didn't have any such document or the documents issued illegally by govt. have been burnt in the riots.
     
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    But missionaries did not require permit and almost entire NE has been converted either into Christians or Muslims.
     
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    But by the way most of the NE states are far better in living standards than BIMARU states and Bengal.
     
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    The most galling part is 60+ years ago these people separated from India in horrific violence and bloodshed citing their inability to live alongside kafirs and now they sneak across the border like thieves. Shameless Bangladeshi beggars.
     
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    The mysterious and unexplored North eastern region of India comprises of seven states commonly known as the “Seven Sisters”. Those states are Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura. This economically and strategically important region of India shares its border with Bhutan, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh and is connected to the mainland India by a narrow 20 km wide corridor of land near North Bengal commonly known as Chicken’s neck.

    Note: The Indian government has relaxed permit requirements for foreigners in 2011, to promote tourism to the North East. Foreigners no longer have to obtain special permits to visit Mizoram, Manipur, and Nagaland. (The requirement still remains for Arunachal Pradesh). Foreigners must, however, register themselves with the Foreigner's Registration Office (District Superintendent of Police) within 24 hours of entry to each state. In addition, the permit exemption doesn't apply to citizens of specified countries, including Pakistan and China, who continue to require prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs before their visit to these three states.

    Arunachal Pradesh Permits

    Indian tourists need an Innner Line Permit. This is available from any Government of Arunachal Pradesh office. Download application form.

    Foreigners require a Protected Area Permit (PAP). The permit requirements were relaxed in 2008, and now only two or more people need travel together. PAPs are available for a duration of 30 days, and cost $50 per person. In reality, the best way of getting the PAP is though a travel agent. If you want to do it yourself, you can also readily obtain one from the Delhi Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (East Block-VIII, Level-II, Sector-1, R.K. Puram, New Delhi). Apparently, other recommended government offices and Indian Embassies abroad aren't particularly knowledgeable or helpful.

    Assam Permits

    Entry permits aren't required for Indians or foreigners.

    Manipur Permits

    Indian tourists visiting Manipur via Dimapur/Kohima require an Inner Line Permit to pass through Nagaland. This is available from any Nagaland House, or Government of Nagaland office.

    Foreigners require a Protected Area Permit (PAP), and must travel in groups of four or more people, or a married couple. You'll only be allowed to stay for 10 days, and visit a limited number of places namely Imphal, Loktak Lake, Moirang INA Memorial, Keibul Lamjao Deer Sanctuary, Waithou Lake, and Khongjom War Memorial. It's best to apply for the PAP at Delhi Manipur Bhawan (2 Dardar Patel Marg, New Delhi. Ph: +91 11 6870101). If you apply at the Guwahati Manipur Bhawan, expect to wait 2-4 weeks for your application to be processed. The application fee for a permit is 10 rupees, plus an additional 1,500 rupees per person if your permit is granted.

    Meghalaya Permits

    Entry permits aren't required for Indians or foreigners.

    Mizoram Permits

    Indian tourists need an Innner Line Permit. This is available from any Mizoram House. It's also available at Lenpui Airport, for tourists arriving by flight.

    Foreigners require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP), and must travel in groups of four or more people, or a married couple. You'll only be allowed to stay for 10 days, and visit limited areas.

    Nagaland Permits

    Indian tourists need an Innner Line Permit. This is available from any Nagaland House, or Government of Nagaland office. Download application form.

    Foreigners require a Restricted Area Permit (RAP), and must travel in groups of four or more people, or a married couple.

    North East India Permits - Information About Permits for North East India
     
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    Could someone answer these question in a seriatim manner?


    1. Is it an ethnic issue or is it a communal issue.

    2. Or is it both? If so where do the lines merges?

    3. While smaller social and communal upheavals like Kandhamal or the Graham murders have rocked the national conscience and has kept the nation and media hyperventilating, why are the upheavals of the NE so blatantly ignored by the Nation and the national media? How many of Indians are aware of a group of people called Reangs of Mizoram and their plight?

    Here is an article about the Reangs of Mizoram
    Uday India

    4. Why is the NE so isolated from our conscience?

    5. The conspiracy theorists would say that the Assam CM delayed action so that both the Bodos and the Bangladeshi sort each other out and reduce their numbers since Assamese are not too fond of either. Would that be correct?

    6. How does one explain the population of Assam increase from 3.29 million in 1901 to 14.6 million in 1971, a 343.7 per cent increase compared to the all-India increase of nearly 150 per cent in the same period? And how does the Assam CM say that there are no Bangladeshis?

    7. Why is there no border fencing or possible modifications to what all term as the farcical Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) Act? Is it a political gambit and a necessity for vote banks?

    8. In 2004, when the religious demography of the 2001 census showed some strange results for Assam, the intelligentsia buried its head in the sand and ensured that all meaningful discussions on the subject were guillotined. Why?

    9. If indeed 2011 census reveals that 11 of the 27 districts of Assam now have a Muslim majority, how did that happen? At least, if the border districts were of Muslim Majority, how come the Radcliffe Commission that divide India into India and Pakistan, award such districts to India and not Pakistan?
     
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    With permits still required for Indian citizens, it does give a feeling that we are going to a restricted area. Maybe it is one of the reasons why the Tourism is limited to Gangtok.
     
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    I would say that one has to go to understand how the NE suffers.

    There is of course political correctness and even arrogance and ignorance of those living in the North making them tend to gloss over issues which are of importance in so far as comparison goes.

    If India were not so North India oriented, the shame of the Power failure would not have embarrassed the UPA and Shinde.

    To imagine a State can overdraw 51% with impunity and no State ever pays! And then plunging other grids (East and NE) into darkness because it had to feel the North with power!

    The Southern grid not connected to the national grid, did not suffer at all.

    I presume natural resources that power the Power infrastructure come out of the land in the North!

    Even the north depends on Bihari labour to till their land!

    And encourage illegal immigration by employing cheap Bangladeshi labour at home and for real estate exploitation and pay a pittance for services!
     
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    New Muslim outfit floated in Assam

    Guwahati, Aug 1: A new Muslim militant outfit has been floated in Assam with its agenda to have a separate administrative area for the Muslims in Assam consisting of 13 districts with four in Bodo Territorial Council (BTC), a source informed.

    This outfit is suspected by the intelligence officials of involving in the present ethnic clashes between the Bodos and the Muslims.

    However, it is still a blame game now among the organisations and political parties in Assam in connection with the communal clashes in Assam’s Kokrajhar district.But the police intelligence suspected that a newly floated Muslim militant outfit could be behind the ethnic escalation.

    Over 60 people have been killed and nearly 5 lakh people are affected by the clashes in western Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).

    Reports have it that intelligence officials suspected the United Muslim National Army (UMNA) for inciting the clash.

    A Bodo organisation formed by former militants too claimed that the UMNA had planned the violence.

    Police in Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) said the United Muslim National Army UMNA was formed on June 15 in an aim to push for a separate administrative area for Muslims comprising 13 districts of Assam that includes four under BTC.

    Janomohan Muchahary who is the secretary of All Ex-Bodo Territorial Liberation Tigers Welfare Society said that the violent incidents began on July 19 when miscreants fired at two persons at Magurmari in Kokrajhar district. One of the injured was Mohibur Islam, the chairman of UMNA.

    The former BLT leader said Mohibur Islam was a known anti-social element who was discharged from the local police force. Muchahary then alleged Mohibur led 25 motorcycle-borne UMLA members who attacked Bodos on the following day to incite the communal clashes.

    However, the All Assam Minority Students’ Union blamed the BTC chief executive member Hagrama Mohilary instead for the clashes.

    Not only the civil bodies, the political parties too joined the blame game.

    The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), a Muslim dominated political party accused the Congress party for the violence in Kokrajhar district while the latter party says otherwise.

    New Muslim outfit floated in Assam | tntmagazine.in
     
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    Go to those States of the NE to include Assam where no permit is required.

    You will see how pristine the land is and how exciting a change it is from your normal life!

    It is so green and so fresh and breathing become a welcome change and a pleasure.

    The interesting part is they are very laid back and are satisfied with very little and are not running after money and creature comfort as you see elsewhere.

    What will strike you most is that they are not crafty people as is elsewhere.
     
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    An interesting viewpoint has been penned by Mr Sunanda Dattaray

    There can be no second guessing that those who have changed countries during Partition and during 1971 are surely Indian citizens.

    However, it is also true that there cannot be such a surge in the Muslim population wherein 11 of the 27 districts of Assam now have a Muslim majority or for the fact that he population of Assam increased from 3.29 million in 1901 to 14.6 million in 1971, a 343.7 per cent increase compared to the all-India increase of nearly 150 per cent in the same period.

    It is obvious that the people of Assam are not that fertile as to achieve a 343.7% increase in population while the rest of India practically apparently reaching impotency in comparison with only 150% increase in mere 70 years under study. Therefore, that there has been an illegal influx from across the border, religion not being the main issue, cannot be denied. This naturally does put pressure on the locals and the country and does create situation wherein there are explosions of discontent. One could depending upon one's inclination declare such explosions as 'communal' or 'ethnic'.

    The fact that Naga youth are taking it in their hands to stop this infiltration into their State is an interesting eye opener. However, it is not known to those who live beyond the NE. One wonders why the national media ignores this issue, if indeed they are so concerned about reporting anomalies in the demography elsewhere and justifying it.

    It will be noticed that it is a retired General, who was the Governor, who had the courage to go above petty politics and call a spade a spade with his report, as proof of “the long-cherished design of Greater Bangladesh” in his 42-page report to K.R. Narayanan when he was president of India. to But President, Narayanan is a political animal and was busier promoting ideals dear to his heart - like having the SC CJI, who interestingly, like him turned out to be a SC of convenience.

    Even Mujib has openly advocated that Assam was essential for Bangladesh's economic survival.

    So, why pussyfoot over the reality?

    Pussyfooting as is obvious is anti national in this case, but very politically savvy for the votebank politics of our country!
     
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    Mr.Datta-Ray has tried to obfuscate the issue. At one hand he debunks the report of Lt.Gen. S.K.Sinha and he also tries to pass of the dramatic increase in the population to high fertility levels and his remedy is to implement birth control!!!!!

    What does the number of Bangladeshi UN peacekeepers have to do with illegal migrants into India and then he compares it to the legal migration to UK.

    My business partner is a Hindu from Sylhet and he still has business interests in Bangladesh. the way his ancestral property was declared war property and then occupied by the locals in full connivance of the Government machinery is another tale in itself.
     
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