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When AJYCP tries to maintain a movement

Assam’s influential organization Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad along with few other influential groups from northeast India staged a demonstration on Monday in the national capital protesting against the Centre’s move to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955.

Led by AJYCP president Biraj Kumar Talukdar and general secretary Palash Changmai, the protest demonstration witnessed the participation of few hundred protesters held at Jantar Mantar of New Delhi.

“The NDA government at the Centre is trying to settle the Bangladeshi Hindu nationals in Assam to strike political advantages. We find it difficult to understand that despite Bangladesh Prime Minister’s assertion that no Hindu nationals are harassed in the neighbouring country, the move to roll out red carpet to the neighbouring nationals itself suggests a political interest,” said a AJYCP statement.

It also added that the BJP-led government has no right to downplay the sentiments of the millions of northeastern people and the AJYCP won’t remain calm unless the politically motivated move is abandoned. The New Delhi-based Naga Students Association, Manipur Students Union, Tripura Students Association, Khasi Students Union, along with many JNU and Delhi University students participated in the demonstration. SFI leader Prashant Kumar and Tripura student leader Dharanjit Debbarma also joined the protest with a pledge to carry forward the movement.

Meanwhile, in the backdrop of an uproarious atmosphere in Assam against the Union government’s move to grant citizenship to religious minorities from Bangladesh and Pakistan, a nationalist people’s forum raises voice for a concrete refugee policy for the country to deal with such situations in future.

Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA), in a recent memorandum sent to Assam Governor Banwarilal Purohit, argued that India should have the refugee policy ‘to deal with the issue of immigrants logically and legally’ forever.

“We sincerely believe India should sign the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention. Moreover, our government has to ratify the 1967 Protocol relating to the status of refugees,” said the memorandum, signed by some distinguished personalities including eminent historian Dr Nirode K Barooah, former director general of National Museum Dr Rabin Dev Choudhury, eminent publisher Giripada Dev Choudhury, award winning filmmaker Manju Bora, IIT Kharagpur professor Gourishankar S Hiremath, Banaras Hindu University professor Anil K Rai with many others.

The memorandum also expressed concerns that few ‘recent misleading and manipulative statements by some individuals and organizations on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 issue’ were ‘trying to communalise the issue instead of helping to find an amicable solution’.

“The extremely volatile utterances targeting the Hindu minority community of Assam are deplorable and condemnable to say the least,” asserted the memorandum, endorsed by senior journalist DN Chakrabarty, non-resident Assamese professionals Vavani Sarmah & Kalyan Dutta-Choudhury, Ravindra Nath, Dipannita Jaiswal, Jahnabi Goswami, Pranab Kr Sarma, Pranjal Saikia, Jitul Sonowal, Dr Subhra Kinkor Goswami, Onkareshwar Pandey etc.

“We are from this land of glorious civilisation & culture and we feel that our spirit should be that of accommodation of Hindu’s, Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs and other religious minorities who have had to face extreme suppression in erstwhile East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) and also West Pakistan and have been the true victims of partition of India,” pointed out the memorandum, backed by DN Chakrabarty, Rupam Barua, Bidhayak Das, Utpal Dutta, Bobita Sarma, Braja Jyoti Sharma, Bibekananda Choudhury, Bhagawat Pritam, Ujjal Saikia, Jagadindra Ray Choudhury, Girindra Kumar Karjee, Anup Sarma etc.

Appreciating the Centre for taking steps lately to provide shelter to the victims of partition across India, the PPFA clarified that the Hindu minorities in Bangladesh include not only Bengali, but also Rajbongshi, Hajong, Adivasi, Jayantiya and Bishnupriya communities. Similarly, the Buddhists include Chakma and some Assamese people who fled to the Chittagong hill areas of Bangladesh during the Burmese invasion. The Christians include Bengali, Garo, Khasi and Adivasi people. All these people became the victims of Pakistan plan & partition and had to live in a ‘foreign land’, for the creation of which they were not responsible, commented the forum.

The memorandum clarified that PPFA has no intention of communalising the issue but it wants to ‘provide a clear understanding of how history unfolded lest some vested interests and parochial mindsets for their own narrow political gains and cheap mileage would continue to resort to disturb the peace and tranquil atmosphere of Assam’.

“There is a need for a solution to this vexed issue and we would fully agree if those who have been truly victimised owing to the partition and religious persecution are given a place not just in Assam but in all other States of India, a country where the underlying tenets of democracy are tolerance, secularism and freedom of religion, faith, practice and freedom of expression,” concluded the memorandum.

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CBI to probe Lafiqul killing

A peace meeting held at Kokrajhar DC office on Friday
5 Aug 2017 - 9:59pm | AT News

The Central Bureau of Investigation is likely to probe in the sensational killing of amsu student leader in Kokrajhar which runs to in a hail of shock and anger across the state.

Dispur has already sent a letter to the country's premier investigation agency requsting a thorough probe into the  killing  of the of Lafiqul Islam Ahmed in Kokrajhar. A Special Investigation Team led by Anurag Tankhar is also probing it amid ascalating protest across BTAD areas.Top sources told Assam Times that Assam police officials are caught in a deep dilemma over the entire case since the policeman guarding the student leader was not present when the assassination took place.  " The circusmstances need to be probe and the police authority must answer first how the policeman attached with him had vanished or was absent," said sources in Dispur adding that this answer would unearth the entire circusmstances.    

Dhekiajuli martyrs deserve recognition

14 Oct 2009 - 3:44pm | Daya Nath Singh

Freedom fighters and Martyrs Trust , a NGO working for the recognition of services of 1942 freedom struggle has demanded that the sacrifices of Dhekiajuli martyrs be recognized by the government. The nation should not forget them who led down their lives ‘yester for our today’. Freedom movement in India was not confined to a particular region, instead it had spread throughout the country equally. It is unfortunate that some areas got focus in the struggle by coming to the fore front and others missed the light. Contribution of the freedom fighters of Dhekiajuli in the district of Sonitpur in Assam (undivided Darrang) in the freedom struggle of 1942, was a great achievement of the people who fought bravely with the Britishers for the independence of the country and led their lives for the cause.

It was on September 20,1942, the people succeeded in lowering the Union Jack and flying the tri-color on the Dhekiajuli police station. As result of the firing by the police, thirteen (13) people laid down their lives for the independence of the country. Among them were, Manbar Nath, Kumli Devi, Khahuli Devi, Tileswari Barua, Ratan Kachari, Maniram Kachari, Lerela Kachari, Mangal Kurku, Mahiram Koch, Sarunath Chetia, Dayal Das Panika, besides a beggar and a saint. Unfortunately, after the country’s independence those martyrs and their families’ contributions were not recognized by the respective governments. Those who laid their lives in the past, have been forgotten by our present generation. Their martyrdom has got least attention from our country’s political leaders.

‘The people of Dhekiajuli are proud of the sacrifices of those freedom fighters who led down their lives for the freedom of the country’ , said Leela Nath, the president of the Trust. He said that Kamala Kanta Das, was the leader of the freedom movement and Phanidhar Das and Bapuram Gogoi, were his deputies. Martyr Manabar Nath was in the front line with a garland and Tilak on his forehead. On the second place was Golok Neog and on the third place was Chandrakanta Nath (Kania). They marched towards Dhekiajuli police station singing the revolutionary song of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala. ‘Vande Mataram’ slogan spread throughout Bargaon Mouza’s Jahamari, No 1&2 Barpukhuri, Patiyapukhuri, Teliagaon, Hojaigaon, Bar Ati, besides Naharbari Mouza’s Ghatuwa, 1&2 No. Bamunpukhuri, Ulubari, Habigaon, Naharbari, Barbil, Baligaon, Katnirgaon, Thelamara Kathnibari etc;. The people assembled at Thelamara. At 10 in the morning they marched towards Dhekiajuli police station. On the way Keherukhanda, Medhichuburi, Panbari’s people also joined them.

Around 1 PM the ‘unarmed processionists’ reached in front of the Dhekiajuli police station and awaited for the direction of their leaders. There was an argument between their leader Kamala Kanta Das and the officer in charge of the police station, Mahidhar Bora. The leader of the agitation asked the followers to go ahead. The police got ready with guns, lathies, bayonet to control the mob. In the meantime Manabar Nath hoisted the tricolor atop.

At the same time in the police firing Manabar Nath fell down. Golok Neog came forward to keep the flag flying and when police targeted to fire on him, his mother Kumli Devi came forward to face the bullet and laid down her life. Chandra Nath came ahead at the scene and fell down after he was hit by bullet . Immediately after looking to the bloodshed, Tileswari Barua took the flag in her hand and chanting ‘Vande Mataram’ led the team of freedom fighters. One after the other they fell on the earth.

That was Sunday, the weekly market was just in front of the Dhekiajuli police station. Police torture on the mob was horrible. The anti-social elements also got chance and looted the belongings of the people fleeing to save their lives. Despite all the sacrifices of the Dhekiajuli martyrs, they have not been recognized as yet by the government and no family member of those persons have got any benefit out of their sacrifices. A few writers and organizations have published the history of the freedom struggle of Dhekiajuli, but no comprehensive publications has come out. The Trust demanded a fair dealing to the services of those martyrs.

Rongali Bihu Celebration at Mumbai

25 Apr 2009 - 3:58am | editor

Rongali Bihu Celebrated at Mumbai:Assamese community of Mumbai celebrated the National Festival of Assam “Rongali Bihu” at Assamm Bhawan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai on April 18, 2009.The colorful cultural evening comprising songs, dances, Jeng bihu and Hoosari was enjoyed by a huge crowd. People enjoyed the community feast during the celebration. The Assam Association; Mumbai thanks the Assamese Community of Mumbai for active participation in the colorful evening.