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AUDF distances itself from Autonomous Council Demand

Guwahati : The Assam United Democratic Front has distanced itself from its MLA Rasul Haque Bahadur who had demanded creation of an autonomous council for the minorities of Golapara, Barpeta, Dhubri, Bongaigaon and Darrang districts. Mr Badruddin Ajmal, President of AUDF has said that a Central Executive Meeting of the party would be convened where Haque would be asked to explain his statement. Ajmal further clarified that the party would never subscribe to these views as it did not believe in development of all the people in the State and not only of the minority community.
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Workshop on hardware and networking in Kakojan College from February 21

14 Feb 2012 - 5:59pm | editor

Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati, in association with Career Counseling Cell, Kakojan College, Jorhat will conduct a six (06) week workshop on Technological Based Entrepreunership Development Programe on Computer Hardware and Networking at Kakojan College from February 21 to March 31, 2012. This programe is sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Archana Bhattacharjee
Co-ordinator, Career Counseling Cell
Kakojan College, Jorhat

Tangla AASU fetes meritorious students

9 Jul 2018 - 8:42am | Shajid Khan

TANGLA : In a bid to build a competitive mindset among the students, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Tangla regional unit organized a special felicitation programme for the meritorious HSLC students, two HS position holders and two PhD scholars here at Bordoloi Bhavan in Tangla on Sunday. The programme, which was presided over by Pranjal Deka, was inaugurated by assistant general secretary of AASU, Jayanta Kr. Bhattacharjya. In his inaugural speech, Bhattacharjya exhorted students to imbibe the qualities of devotion towards god, respect for parents and teachers and moral values.Speaking in the valedictory function as appointed speaker, AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi said, “The students pursuing higher studies should have dedication and devotion towards achieving the goals.” Gogoi laid greater emphasis on the social aim of education so that education could develop social feelings in children which would make them contribute to meet the demands of society after meeting their own needs. “We have many issues with the State boards and councils, the government should change the education policies for the welfare of the students. Incidents like the Dokmoka lynching are blatant examples that we are gripped by superstitions and have swayed away from morality,” said Gogoi.Attending the event as chief guest, reputed author and poet Dr. Nanda Singh Borkhola, currently serving as Assistant IGP, Assam Police said, “We should love our mother tongue. Students should always stick to their roots and origin no matter how high they fly in their life. Language is much greater than religion and thus people, irrespective of caste, community and religion, thrive for a greater Assamese society.” The bureaucrat-turned-author exhorted the government for improving the infrastructure of vernacular-medium schools of the State. In the felicitation programme, as many as 295 meritorious students who passed the HSLC exam along with Mohan Pradhan and Vidhi Beria, 5th and 6th position holders in HS Commerce, and two PhD scholars Dr Chandra Kanta Saikia and Dr. Bhupali Kashyap were feted with a citation letter, phulam gamosa and japi each.

Talk on AFSPA by Sanjoy Hazarika at B'lore on Oct 4

Sanjoy Hazarika
27 Sep 2013 - 10:00am | Nazrul Haque

Over the past years, the reduction of armed insurgency in the North-eastern states and the growth of dialogue between the State and anti-State actors is a visible change for the better, it appears. But this trend has not led to peace as many had hoped. Instead there is a disturbing increase in ethnic fracturing, mobilization and divisions, most recently seen in the demand for Inner Line Permits in Meghalaya which would require all 'outsiders' or non-tribals who wish to visit the state, once a tourist destination, to get a written 'permit' to travel; this is undercut by demands of the Garo tribe of that small state for a separate state (they say they want to move out of the control of the dominant group, the Khasis). There have been the bitter Bodo-Muslim clashes last year in Assam and the state continues to walk on an edge that combines fear, hope and despair.

Over the years, though, the Indian State has blundered its way through the complex social weaves of the region, trying to understand it and despite good intentions, succeeding in continuing to alienate large sections. For decades, conflicts and confrontations have been 'normal' living in these areas with acute tragedies and bloodshed, though this appears to be abating in one dimension. As a researcher, writer and documenter who has travelled intensively and extensively across the north-east region of India (NER) and its neighbouring countries, Mr. Hazarika, has looked at the workings of the Government, of those opposed to it, the impact of laws that endow security forces and the State with sweeping powers that can take away the right to life and liberty in an instant.

But there are other troubling aspects which are little studied or known: research, extensive field interviews, analysis of existing economic and social data show also that the State and its instruments, as well as those who claim to oppose them, have pauperized and systematically diminished the lives of those who are the most vulnerable and the poorest. Facts tell us that poverty levels in a number of parts of the ER have actually grown in the past decades, not fallen; that MMR (Maternal Mortality Ratio) levels in Assam are the worst in India; that Assam has two districts of five nationwide that report the worst Child Mortality Rates and that parts of the region can be compared to least developed countries like Cambodia and Laos.

Impunity has bred Inequality; discriminatory approaches and failure to deliver both basic services and the rule of law, to heal gaping wounds, have increased both a general sense of as well as the specific growth of Injustice. These three factors -- Impunity, Inequality and Injustice -- taken together and separately, as well as their extensive, cross-sectoral impact tell us that without an end to arbitrariness and draconian laws, without greater openness and democracy and the ability to deliver services without hindrance of bandhs, security operations and pressure tactics - all of which violate the rights of those in whose name both the State, and those who are opposed to it, speak, things can only get worse. In his talk, Mr. Hazarika proposes to look at these cross connections for we live at a time when draconian laws have created different classes of citizenship and citizenry

Sanjoy Hazarika is Director, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and in addition, holds the Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew Chair in Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Author of three major books on the NER – Stranger of the Mist, Rites of Passage and Writing on the Wall, he was a reporter for the New York Times, Consulting Editor of The Statesman and is a widely published columnist. He also is a documentary film maker and is Managing Trustee of CNES in NER which has pioneered Boat Clinics in Assam. He is Trustee, National Book Trust of India, New Delhi; Member, Advisory Council, North East Studies Programme, JNU; Member, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies Society , IIAS Shimla; Member Executive Council, Nagaland University; Member Executive Council IIM Shillong; Chairman, Task Force, Ministry of HRD; Chairman, Governing Board, Society for Environmental Communications (Down to Earth); Member, Executive Board, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative; Member, University Court, North Eastern Hill University, NEHU Shillong; Member, Executive Council, North Eastern Hill University, NEHU Shillong.

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Impunity, Inequality and the State - Looking at and through Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)
By Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika Director, Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi on October 4, 2013, at The Energy and Research Institute (TERI), Bangalore

Venue: The Energy and Research Institute (TERI), Domlur II Stage, Domlur, Bangalore, Karnataka (Click here for Google Maps Link )

Date: Friday, October 4, 2013 Time: 6.00 PM to 7 PM followed by Q&A