AJYCP members have ended the two days hunger strike on Saturday demanding Inner Line Permit system in the state to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people. Hundreds of AJYCPworkers started the hunger strike in the morning on Friday which ended on Saturday saying that ILP is the only and best possible way to protect the indigenous people.
Talking to Assam Times, the AJYCPworkers said that they won’t allow the Centre to implement the refugee notification and that they want the ILP system to be implemented. “We have been demanding the system since 1978. But the governments at the Centre and state have not been considering it. We will intensify the agitation if the government fails to step in,” said an AJYCPleader in Guwahati.
A candle lighting rally was organized at Kokrajhar in protest against recent attack and killing of Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu & Kashmir by Pakistani militants that claimed that seven peoples and left many injuries.
The candle rally was organized by the All BTC Minority Students Union(ABMSU) to put protest against inhuman act penetrated by Pakistani militants on Wednesday evening. Hundreds of ABMSU activists and publics joined hands in the rally and lighted candles along the fly-over in Kokrajhar town.
Lafikul Islam Ahmed,presidents of the students union condemned the incident and demanded stern action against militants in the country.He has urged government of India to initiate strong check against militancy activities in the country and held healthy country.
By now many Assamese would have travelled to Chicago and New Jersey to celebrate the 4th of July under their respective organizational banners. We wish them a safe trip and lots of fun. After all, these are our loving friends and dear relatives. We are aware of the amount of work that goes into such an event.
Meanwhile, a vast majority of Assamese would stay back or go somewhere else. We stayed back because an organization is not our cup of tea. However, we did not sit idle. We worked on a video drama and had lots of fun making it ready. We plan to watch it during the 4th of July weekend in our own private ceremony. We wanted to share our drama with others who might like to watch it too.
Please feel free to leave your comments in the YouTube video - Part 1 & Part 2. It’s ok to disagree without being disagreeable. Please be respectful to others opinion.
It’s a satirical drama and viewers are strongly urged not to look for facts in it. But if you do see and hear something that rings a bell, you are at liberty to interpret it whatever way you see fit.
Thanks a lot,
Akhil Choudhury July 1st, 2011, San Francisco bay area
How is ‘Pride’ such a pride for some or rather a very few of us? There is always much ado about everything. Within the realm of everything, pride of bruised souls, bodies and minds was somewhere lost in the crowd. Such loss was never noticed, addressed or heard with sensitivity but ridiculed with negativity, violence and torturous upturns within both personal and public spheres. Wonder why people are always concerned about the straight flow of nature. Sometimes they flow with the norms to avoid any form of complexity and confusion. People are wired and transmitted into a world which is either/or, this or that, here or there, for or against, yours or mine, us and them and even more precisely right or wrong.
Stories of pride run through layers of multiplicities. They are beyond the comprehension of just being a part of a whole or rather a whole within a part. Pride is aggressive when it is rooted in jealousy and ego centrism but pride is crucial for ensuring human dignity. In the context of India pride is the key to the dalit, adivasi, disabled, hijra, prostituted minors, ex-communicated individuals and any non-conformist whose identity, ethnicity, religion, colour, status and sexuality define everything around the individual. Pride is a celebration of vibrancy, diversity and disassociation for the normative rigidities.
In a world constantly struggling with its layered existence needs to either belong or become the insignificant other in the pursuit of justice, equality and freedom, Queer Pride holds the ground for alternatives. It is not about being, becoming or belonging to the airtight containers or gender binaries or those queering such binaries but more so the move beyond such identity constructions which relieves an individual from every kind of oppression and restricted living. Youth celebrates pride in many countries across the world and even in Guwahati in the past four years Pride was spearheaded by the youth and the matured to be precise. But age is indeed a state of mind. Every stage of life relates to the contours of Pride to be able to embrace it completely.
Sexuality is a concern for many and sometimes it is also a gender expression. Pride celebrates gender expression and diversity within which such expressions are recognised and reflected within the broad spectrum of gender identity formations. Pride empowers people to bring out their intimate, closeted and most vulnerable gender experiences within the public space. Whether individuals or groups are concerned about public, political or professional issues, pride enables people to engage with their own inhibitions vis-a-vis others and also accept the differences with dignity and power.
Guwahati Queer Pride is an effort towards the expression of such diversity enabling every individual and group with choices. Choice is a matter of pride in today’s shrinking world. Choices are pre-determined, destined or manipulated as per the dominant world-view. But queer pride entails an opportunities for individuals and groups to explore the possibilities of dissolving the rigid constructs which constantly leads to conflicting paradigms.