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Will a border wall work along Indo-Bangla border?

Well Mr. Donald Trump, the outlandish and outspoken US President, with his usual signature facial expression said recently that “walls work” with regard to his decision to construct a border wall, along the border of US-Mexico and even declare a national emergency after the US Congress (the lawmaking branch of the national government) declined to his demands for billions of dollars to fund the proposed wall at the southern border. The president has earned a slew of lawsuits over his emergency move and one may well wander whether such a wall is required in India’s northeast which faces a serious threat to its demography. Arguably, the US President’s idea on a border wall may well be correct since walls really work when it comes to prevent illegal movement of people from across the border, although the same wall does also divide. The USA is facing, as Mr. Trump says, “…invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people” from Mexico into its soil and the President has every right to confront national security crisis. Mr. Trump may well be facing lawsuits in courts following his decision – which is also seen as a constitutional crisis back in his country – but he is correct till that moment if the average Americans and their societies are facing threats from those coming across the border.

I think a similar wall across the India-Bangladesh border may well be announced immediately in India and especially when general elections are round the corner. Cross border infiltration in the northeastern part of India has changed the demography of several districts of Assam and other northeastern states. The white skull cap has become ubiquitous in this region more so than in the past. It is indeed an irony of its type that the people of this part of the country has objected the CAB (Citizenship Amendment Bill), 2016 and that too at a time when much of the region’s demography been swayed to the side of the skull caps. Has anyone seen a better madness than this?

Call it Bewakoofiyaan or what, the so called indigenous people of this region and their elected representatives did not see the damage that has already been done to their societies and were hysterically objecting to the CAB which will give citizenship rights to Hindus from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Does the tribesmen and others of this region knows what blunder are they doing by objecting the CAB since this objection is legitimizing the presence of the uncountable skull caps, otherwise, who are changing the pattern of this region’s hearth. In any case these caps will turn and change all others if they are not countered with a bill like this. A sensible Assamese, Manipuri, Naga, Arunachalee and what have you here, should realize the fact that their tradition and culture including their numbers may well remain intact if the Hindus are accommodated since the “Non-Hindus” in the present case may well turn this region to an extension from across the border.

History is replete with instances how this region has been “Crossed” by the notorious “British infiltrators through their East India Company” in the past changing the natives lifestyles, traditional beliefs and practices and rest of it. It is in their interest to realize this fact more than anybody else what danger are they inviting. It is indeed insanity of the highest order that the people of this region are protesting against rehabilitating a community who are known for their tolerance, to which this country is a living example, while not uttering a word about the “whitener”. Will, for example, the Khasis and Garos – the two major tribesmen of Meghalaya – object in the same tone and tenor, say, if the union government brings in a bill tomorrow to grant citizenship rights to their owns living in Bangladesh. Where on earth do they think will their brethren get citizenship, if not in India?

Also, as many sensible tribesmen from this region observed that the domiciles of northeast should not fear about being overwhelmed if the CAB becomes a law since given their inborn hatred and detest for outsiders, and especially dearth of any livelihood opportunities in this region, the immigrants will invariably look for other greener pastures in the country. It is also not to be forgotten that this region with its seven sister states came into being after curving out of undivided Bengal – whose natives are no outsiders here.

Hence, in the present scenario a wall across the Indo-Bangla border is more than a necessity since the issue here is no less threatening, if not more than in USA. The BJP whose image has dented a bit following the CAB issue can take a leap forward in this regard since the inept Rahul Gandhi and his equally inept sister, Priyanka Vadra is visionless and directionless. The tribesmen of the northeastern states should not also carry even an iota of doubt that the Congress party, which is objecting this bill now, will bring in the same tomorrow if they get a chance. The situation in India too, demands a declaration of national emergency.

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ONGC Assam Asset achieves target

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The ONGCL, Assam Asset continued to remain upbeat when it comes to achiving all the targets in the first quarter of the current fiscal (2011-2012) inspite of several diffulties.


The Assam Asset is one of the oldest assets in ONGC with a very high rate of reservers depletion, has been able to over achive all the targets in 1st quarter of the current year except for gas sales which suffered a minor set back due to the lack of consumers.Expressing his satisfaction this is disclosed by B.K.Barua, Executive Director of the Assam asset, in a Press Meet on last August 10. He added, in this period the oil production has been over achived at 105.2% (0.302 MMT) against the planned out put of 0.287MMT. Natural gas production is also increased to 102% at 118.29% MMSCM against the planned production of 115.96 MMSCM.


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The AGP steering committee is holding a crucial meeting on Saturday afternoon to clear the decision to handover the prestigious Guwahati Lok Sabha seat to the BJP. According to AGP sources, the leaders are ready to leave the seat formally despite protests from several party leaders. On the other hand, BJP is ready to field its candidate in Guwahati after the AGP leadership agreed in principle to do so while they held talk with BJP top guns in New Delhi. But the deal bristled with difficulties in the face of vociferous protest from the Kamrup district AGP leaders.

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Oil field auction fuels massive protest

6 Jul 2016 - 1:07pm | Bg Gogoi

Assam is on the threshold of a massive agitation for exercising the rights over its own resources if somebody goes by the howls of startewide protest against the move to auction marginal oil fields.

Many political parties and organizations are up in arms against the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre alleging a set of policies which is believed to have hurt the sentiment of the people who are proud of the state’s oil and tea.

These agitating parties and organizations have not spared three month old BJP-led coalition government as they pledged massive agitation to stop the move.
The massive agitation started erupting as soon as the Centre cleared the decks for auctioning a dozen of oil fields to the outside parties for operation calling it a non profitable exercise.

“We won’t allow it to happen. We will try to resist. Let’s see how the Centre auction these oil fields,” uttered RTI activist Akhil Gogoi who was thrashed along with his fans and supporters when he was staging a demo beside a roadshow in Guwahati in presence of petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan as he was holding talks with the interested bidders a couple of days back.

The uncompromising United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) vowed to protest the auction move. In a statement, the armed outfit said that they won’t remain idle if the people in power keep exploiting the state resources.

Same voice of discord was evident when student organizations like All Assam Students Union and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad pledged to resist the move. AASU, the influential student organization threaten to launch a massive agitation if the Centre refuses to halt the move. In a recent statement, it strongly opposed the move and advocated state ownership of its natural resources to serve the interest of the state.

The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad has given the NDA government at the Centre an ultimatum till July 8 to stop the deal. In a recent press conference in Sivasagar in the upper portion of the oil rich Assam said that the Centre’s anti-Assam policy has forced them to take resort to oil field, road and rail blockade from Monday.

“We are dead opposed to the move and have served an ultimatum to the Modi government at the Centre till July 8. We are ready to face any eventuality,” said Biswajeet Tipomia, an AJYCP leader in Sivasagar district where they are blocking the oilfields, rails and roads from Monday.

The picture is not different in the political circle. The Asom Gana Parishad, the main coalition partner of the newly elected NDA government in Dispur has vehemently opposed the move. “This is bound the hurt the sentiment of the people of Assam. I want to urge the Centre to reconsider the decision,” said AGP leader and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

Outgoing Assam Chief Minister and octogenarian Congress leader Tarun Gogoi also opposed the Centre move and vowed to back any democratic form of protest to resist the auctioning of Assam oil fields. Addressing a crowded press conference the three time chief minister castigated the governments at the centre and state alleging it an attempt to handover the state resources to the outsiders.

Gogoi said, “f these marginal oil fields are not economically viable what forces the private parties to come forward? Why the public sector units are not considered? We would oppose it tooth and nail.”

A local organization has already called for 12-hour statewide Assam bandh last week which met partial response.

But the Government side is not likely to halt the process. Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan who keeps visiting the oil rich state was firm on the government stand saying that it would fetch Rs 17,000 crore. He further said that it would give Assam the full rights over its own resources albeit he could not explain it.

Chief Minister Sonowal smartly said,” the entire process is allowed only for the interest of Assam and its people.” Beyond that he could not go further to convince the people whom he heads.

The Centre has not shown any sign to reconsider suggesting a full scale agitation in the state where the government would take up it “a law and order situation”.