KOKRAJHAR, Dec 4 - The All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) is going to organise a national-level seminar on the topic, �Issues of Separate States in India: Problem and Perspectives� on December 6 at the Constitution Club in New Delhi, informed Promod Boro and Jiron Basumatary, president and general secretary of ABSU on Saturday.
Both the ABSU leaders have been strongly advocating the demand for a separate Bodoland State and maintained that the problem of the Bodos can never be resolved without creation of a separate Bodoland. They also reiterated that the colonial attitude of the Central and State governments were well-known and the sentiments of the concerned people were never respected. Constitutional rights and safeguards were infringed upon by way of suppression and imposition of State force, they claimed. The identity, existence, land, literature, traditions and culture of the Bodos are therefore at stake, they felt.
Recalling late Upendra Nath Brahma (Bodofa�s) saying, �Live and Let Live�, they clarified that none of the instruments like the BAC Accord of 1993 or the BTC Accord signed on February 10, 2003 between the Govt of India and BLT have proved worthwhile as they were mere �documents to deceive� only.
At the same time the ABSU expressed serious concern that between 2008 and 2009 as many as 170 innocent people were killed by miscreants in BTAD alone, while the role of police is self-explanatory as it could not trace out the criminals for punishment. Similarly, the assurance to bestow ST status to Bodos in Karbi Anglong district is also a far cry. Since the last 20 years no Bodo medium institution has been provincialised in Assam. Besides, only Rs 289 crore has been received in BTAD area comprising 12% of the State�s population from a plan fund of more than Rs 9000 crore from the Central Govt, which is a clear example of gross discrimination, they alleged.
As such, the ABSU felt that the Bodo statehood demand is absolutely legitimate under the Constitution of India. Further, the creation of State Reorganisation Commission and the State Reorganisation Act of 1956 subsequently divided Assam in several North Eastern States. Again, in the absence of a concrete national policy, the NDA Govt in the Centre created 3 new states, namely Chandigarh, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand. At the moment the Central Govt is in the process of creating Telegana State by carving out Andhra Pradesh. In stark contrast, the long-drawn struggle of the Bodos for creation of Bodoland State has been grossly undermined and neglected, they stated.
The seminar has therefore been convened to discuss the rationale and justification for creation of states, namely Bodoland, Telengana, Bundelkhand, Bidarbh, Harit Pradesh, Purbanchal along with the possibilities in this regard and persuade the Govt for a uniform national policy, the ABSU leaders expressed.
They also informed that apart from participation of some front line intelligentsia, politicians and political analysts, several other leaders of statehood demand organisation of this country are also expected to attend the seminar.
Significantly, PA Sangma, former Lok Sabha Speaker and Prof Ramesh Bharadaj of Delhi University will chair the seminar and the resource persons will include some renowned personalities like Kuldip Nayar, senior journalist, K Chandra Shekhar Rao, President of Telengana National Forum, Chandan Mitra, MP and Editor of Pioneer, S Garg, Chief Editor of The Bhaskar, amongst others. They also said that the proposal of the Mayawati Govt for creation of four new states in UP is indicative of the fact that the problem with smaller states are comparatively less, than the bigger ones.
The ABSU therefore appealed for a new policy and legislation for State reorganisation in the interest of the nation and its people. Any move to bypass creation of Bodoland will compel the Bodos to intensify their agitation, the ABSU leaders clarified.