Gorkhas of Assam extends support to Gorkhaland demand
Chief spokesperson of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) the political wing of All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU) in Assam Mr. Purna Chetri speaking as a Special Guest of Honour at the 194th Bhanu Jayanti and 1st Bi-nennial Conference of Bokajan Regional Committee of AAGSU at Talbalijan Birsa Munda Mini Stadium, Sariahajan (Bokajan) in Karbianglong extended full co-operation to the Gorkhaland statehood demand in West Bengal. He added that the culture, tradition and language of Gorkhas no where resemble the counterpart Bengalis so there is no means of staying within the same geographical entity. For the larger interest of Gorkhas the Govt. of West Bengal and Govt. of India should create Gorkhaland within the territory of West Bengal at the earliest possible without further involving in blood shedding politics. He informed the media and the general people that AAGSU and GACDC two apex bodies of Gorkhas of Assam in a resolution have supported the statehood demand of Gorkhaland. He even called upon the state government to fulfill its promise of providing Gorkha Development Council for the all-round development of Gorkhas of Assam. It needs to mention here that over the past few years after the silver jubilee of 1976 born All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU), the student body has been demanding Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) within the territory of Assam on satellite basis meanwhile the Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi declared January 21st in the open session of Assam Gorkha Sammelan at Digboi to provide Gorkha Development Council along with six other agitating communities.
Addressing as Chief Guest Dil Bahadur Limboo, President All Assam Gorkha Students' Union (AAGSU) recalled the contributions of veteran Freedom fighter Babu Chabilal Upadhyay whose contribution went unrecorded in the History of Assam. He said that it was Chabilal Upadhyay under whose presidentship the then Assam Association was converted into now Assam Pradesh Congress Committee(APCC) whose product is our CM Tarun Gogoi. But then the ruling Congress has forgotten the contribution of this particular person who is equivalent to Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi. He lamented that the Govt. of Assam refused to even stand a bronze statue of the veteran leader at his birth place in Tezpur meanwhile airport, roads and several statues of his colleague Gopinath Bordoloi has been raised. It is a conspiracy hatched to uproot the identity of Gorkhas in Assam he added
He even reiterated that the Gorkhas of Assam have always been very loyal to their motherland so they even called Assamese as their mother tongue at the call Ambikagiri Rai Choudhury as there was threat from Bengali language to the existence of Assamese as official language. Socially, economically, politically, culturally and even historically the Gorkhas have contributed for the cause of Assam and at large India. On the august occasion of birth anniversary of a great poet he paid his heartfelt homage and called up[on youth to follow good ideologies of great personalities.
Earlier delivering his keynote address Harkha Bahadur Chetri, President, Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) said that demand of Gorkha Autnomous Council is result of Government failure of resolving our other small demands to identify Gorkhas as 1st class citizen in Assam. He called upon the youth to prepare for democratic protest to achieve their identity of being the 1st class historically contributing Gorkha community in Assam. He said that Gorkhas of Assam are the siblings of those who became a part of sovereign India after the historic 1816 Sagooly treaty between East India Company and Nepal monarch where in a large part of then Nepal upto Goalpara of now Assam was inducted into India for administrative reforms. Technically to divide and rule and always question the citizenship the Gorkhas the Indo Nepal friendship Treaty was signed in 1950 by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru the 1st prime minister of independent India with then Nepal monarch. AAGSU had earlier demanded withdrawal of clauses vi and vii of Indo Nepal Friendship Treaty (1950) and issue passport visa system for reciprocal visit by the citizen of either countries so that genuine Indian Gorkhas citizenship is not questioned and smelt over frequent visit by the foreigners from the neighborhood. GACDC is commited to create Gorkha Autnomous Council to solve all problems and issues, he added. 28 members organization of Peoples Committee for Peace Initiative in Assam(PCPIA) have extrended moral and a few have given written assurance in support of Gorkha Autonomous Council.
The open session thronged by more than 5500 people was attended by Biren Singh Engti the only MP from the Autonous Hills District K/A and NC Hills, Mangal Singh Engti Chief Executive Member (CEM) Karbianglong Autonomous Council(KAAC) who answered the queries of student leaders , Pitambar Gurung President, Bharatiya Gorkha Parisangha, Assam State Committee and several other dignitaries including representatives of students' union of all communities of Assam. All the leaders echoed in same voice and extended full support to creation of Gorkha Autonomous council in Assam.
16 Jun 2013 - 12:24pm | Jayanta Kumar Das
A wild female elephant which had fallen into deep tea garden trench in Bhutiachang tea garden (section 24) was successfully rescued in the afternoon of June 14. According to information a herd of wild elephant numbering more than forty was seen roaming in and around Bhutiachang te garden since last week. The herd was quite peaceful and friendly to people. Tea garden workers found one mature female wild elephant in a deep trench in the morning of June 14. The animal was in upside down pointing all the legs to sky. The herd and the victim tried in vain to stand on her legs for several hours without success.
It had been a touching sight in the afternoon to see the members of the herd leave her giving way to people to start rescue operation. Tea garden management of Bhutiachang offered all necessary help in rescuing the trapped animal. The joint effort of civil, forest, police and tea garden workers finally bore fruit and the elephant was able to stand on her legs to join her dear herd. The whole rescue operation was supervised by -Girindra Adhikari, DFO, Dhansiri Forest Division,Udalguri; DN Hazarika, Circle Officer, Harisinga Revenue Circle and A Das, Manager, Bhutiachang TE. The incident has been considered very significant at a time when man-elephant conflict has taken serious turn in the district causing death of three man and one wild elephant in this month.
4 Feb 2015 - 3:33pm | AT News
Caught in a crucial stage a CRPF constable from Silchar surrendered before Indore police on Tuesday after he was accused of molesting, blackmailing and extorting money from a woman.
Indore policemen have been waiting for their Assam counterparts to take Sant Kumar in their custody a day after the 147 Battalion of CRPF jawan surrendered before the police at Hira Nagar police. A team of Assam police is on the way to Indore on Wednesday take Kumar on transit remand.
Hira Nagar police had lodged a case under Sections 354C, 384, 506, 120B and 34 of IPC and Section 66 of Information and Technology Act against the duo on November 7 acting on the complaint of 28-year-old woman.
Kumar allegedly mounted pressure on her to withdraw the case, failing which he would commit suicide, cause harm to her and her relatives in Indore.
she befriended the CRPF constable Sant Kumar on Facebook two years back to be followed by making sleazy video at a Lucknow hotel. The accused extorted Rs 2.5 lakh from her in subsequent months.
9 Feb 2017 - 5:58pm | AT News
Journalists’ Forum Assam [JFA] insists on continuation of Journalist Parag Kumar Das Memorial Award and urges the Sadin-Pratidin Media Group to take necessary initiatives in this regard.
The forum apprehends that the annual award will be discontinued as Janasadharan, an Assamese daily newspaper that initiated the Journalist Parag Kumar Das Memorial Award, had closed down its publication last year.
“As Late Parag Kumar Das devoted most of his time, energy and space for the Sadin-Pratidin group and even faced miscreant’s bullets while working as one of the highest policy makers of the media house, the management of Sadin-Pratidin Media group should take the lead to continue the award from this year itself,” said a statement issued by JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria.
The forum cited that the slain journalist was born on 24 February 1961 and died on 17 May 1996. And hence the Parag Kumar Das memorial award to honour a scribe preferably for investigative journalism may be offered with the convenience of the dynamic media house, concluded the JFA statement.