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ASDC opposes ST(H) status to Bodos

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DIPHU, Nov 9 - The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), its student wing, the Karbi Students� Association (KSA) and the women�s wing, KNCA have taken exception to the government�s reported move to grant Schedule Tribe (Hills) status to the Bodo community domiciled in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao autonomous districts of Assam. The organisations through a joint press statement have opposed the move mentioning that the tribes living in the hills are absolutely distinct from the tribes of other areas, which is also recognised by anthropologists and social scientists.

�The hills tribes are more insular economically, socially and educationally more backward than other tribes. The British recognised this fact and that is the main reason behind demarcating the hills areas as excluded and partially excluded areas. That is why, Article 330 (1) (b) and (c) were incorporated in the Constitution, reserving seats in the Assembly and Parliament for the tribes belonging to Autonomous Districts only. This is the reason behind making two different lists of tribes in the State of Assam,� the release stated.

The ASDC also pointed out that Part II of the Constitution (ST) Order 1950 that applies to Assam has two different lists which include 15 tribes including 37 Kuki sub-tribes but the Bodo Kachari tribe was not included. Claiming that the tribe was not included since anthropologically they knew that Bodos don�t come from the hills and hence they were not included in that category and very few were living in the hills in 1950s but migrated to the hills from the plains after 1960.

�The BJP-led government�s reported attempt to grant ST (H) status to the Bodos is politically motivated. This is a sinister design to gradually exterminate the already marginalised hills tribes like Karbis, Dimasas, Garos, Hmars, Kukis, Khasis, Jaintias, Mans and Nagas. Granting ST status to Bodos will render Article 330 (1) (b) (c) of the Constitution that reserves seats for the STs of the Autonomous Districts, severely diluted. The very constitutional mechanism of protecting the more insular and more backward hills tribes will be eroded making the hills tribes vulnerable to getting overwhelmed by the advanced Bodos. The lone parliamentary seat and all the assembly seats in the hills will no longer remain exclusive to the 15 hills tribes. The hills tribes shall have to compete with the educationally more advanced Bodos for Government jobs,� the statement cited.

The regional party and its allies have slammed the move and have demanded its immediate withdrawal. They have declared that they will hold protest demonstrations on November 12, to register their protest over the issue.

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ASDC opposes ST(H) status to Bodos

DIPHU, Nov 9 - The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), its student wing, the Karbi Students� Association (KSA) and the women�s wing, KNCA have taken exception to the government�s reported move to grant Schedule Tribe (Hills) status to the Bodo community domiciled in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao autonomous districts of Assam. The organisations through a joint press statement have opposed the move mentioning that the tribes living in the hills are absolutely distinct from the tribes of other areas, which is also recognised by anthropologists and social scientists.

�The hills tribes are more insular economically, socially and educationally more backward than other tribes. The British recognised this fact and that is the main reason behind demarcating the hills areas as excluded and partially excluded areas. That is why, Article 330 (1) (b) and (c) were incorporated in the Constitution, reserving seats in the Assembly and Parliament for the tribes belonging to Autonomous Districts only. This is the reason behind making two different lists of tribes in the State of Assam,� the release stated.

The ASDC also pointed out that Part II of the Constitution (ST) Order 1950 that applies to Assam has two different lists which include 15 tribes including 37 Kuki sub-tribes but the Bodo Kachari tribe was not included. Claiming that the tribe was not included since anthropologically they knew that Bodos don�t come from the hills and hence they were not included in that category and very few were living in the hills in 1950s but migrated to the hills from the plains after 1960.

�The BJP-led government�s reported attempt to grant ST (H) status to the Bodos is politically motivated. This is a sinister design to gradually exterminate the already marginalised hills tribes like Karbis, Dimasas, Garos, Hmars, Kukis, Khasis, Jaintias, Mans and Nagas. Granting ST status to Bodos will render Article 330 (1) (b) (c) of the Constitution that reserves seats for the STs of the Autonomous Districts, severely diluted. The very constitutional mechanism of protecting the more insular and more backward hills tribes will be eroded making the hills tribes vulnerable to getting overwhelmed by the advanced Bodos. The lone parliamentary seat and all the assembly seats in the hills will no longer remain exclusive to the 15 hills tribes. The hills tribes shall have to compete with the educationally more advanced Bodos for Government jobs,� the statement cited.

The regional party and its allies have slammed the move and have demanded its immediate withdrawal. They have declared that they will hold protest demonstrations on November 12, to register their protest over the issue.

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