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.
11 Sep 2007 - 3:21am | Rituparna Goswami Pande
The entire world is facing a tough time dealing with the onslaught of terror that arms have wrecked upon us. Whether it is the arms of a terrorist, a soldier, a miscreant or a school kid arms seem to have taken control over man. The world wars, the cold wars or the war on terror, man has become a slave to his arms. The war on Iraq saw the dependence on arms, the terror attacks in America, Britain or India and the disturbed scool kids in America who opened fire upon his own school mates had the common instrument in the form of sophisticated weapons that were used to annihilate the peace and sanctity of man.
Assam is no exception to this world phenomenon as it has been trying to come to terms with the roars of guns and canons that has become a fixture in its daily life. The parasitic and active rebel organizations that afflicts the entire northeast has made arms smuggling a common occurrence. Added with the advantage of porous border areas and lack of proper security personnel the smugglers of arms and ammunition are having a field day. Particularly the states of Mizoram and Manipur which border Myanmar have emerged as the prime rendezvous points for smugglers. Such activities have not gone totally unnoticed as many a time security personnel have prevented the smugglers in their ulterior motives and conducted raids. In fact official records say that Mizoram police have so far made 18 big seizures while in Manipur they were able to make seven seizures only.
The arms and ammunitions are smuggled across from Myanmar and then distributed in the areas where the demand is more. Arms like pistols, 315 rifles and AK series weapons are mostly the main products of these smugglers the consumers of which are mostly the rebel organizations and people involved in drug trafficking.
Many Myanmarese and Burmese nationals have been apprehended by the police in these connections. It has been alleged that many of these arms and ammunitions are brought from Tamu, Mandalay and Yairipok areas of Myanmar with the support of some local people and then transported to other areas. The Ukhrul and Churachanapur districts of Manipur have become focal points of such arms smuggling. The hilly terrain has given a great advantage to the people in this business.
Tightly patrolled border and a better equipped security force added with the active participation by locals in order to repel such unscrupulous activities can control the arms supply in the states which can directly result in the restoration of a semblance of peace in the states. The intricate relation of arms and man has to be severed in order to let man say a firm farewell to arms for good
10 Jul 2014 - 10:13am | AT News
DoNER minister VK Singh will be on a two-days visit to Guwahati on Saturday. During his maiden visit, Singh will open the ICC-NEDFi-sponsored National Cold Chain Summit in Dispur.
Towards the evening, Singh is expected to review the progress of the DoNER-funded projects.
Before leaving Guwahati on Sunday, the former army chief is scheduled to address the 16th Convocation ceremony of the IIT, Guwahati.
The entire function is being organized at the Bhupen Hazarika auditorium.
22 Oct 2013 - 6:13pm | AT News
Normal rail traffic remains disrupted after six oil tanker bogies of a goods train derailed in Dima Hasao district on Tuesday.
The accident took place in between Harengajao and Migrandisa in the district.
According to the Northeast Frontier Railway, the tankers carrying petroleum products jumped the tracks in the morning on the Lumding-Badarpur section.
The engine of the train was not damaged as the tankers were six bogies behind it. However, none was injured.
It has disrupted movement of trains, including Agartala-Lumding Express, Barak Valley Express and other local trains at different places.