GUWAHATI, July 17 - Asomoloi Bideshi Prabrajan � Nehrur Pora Modiloi � a chronological account of the issue of illegal cross-border migration from Bangladesh to Assam since the days of the country�s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to the incumbent Narendra Modi �was released at a function at Guwahati Press Club today.
The book, authored by senior journalist Jitendra Kumar Choudhury of Dainik Asam, was released by Prasanta Rajguru, Executive Editor of Amar Asom, Munin Bayan, Executive Editor of Dainik Asam, Dilip Chandan, Editor of Asom Bani, Nitumoni Saikia, Editor of Pratidin News, and Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya, chief adviser of AASU.
Rajguru, in his address, called for use of authenticated data and resources for any critical analysis of history. He emphasised upholding the pluralistic and inclusive character of the country, particularly in the context of the prevailing times when forces were trying to ride roughshod over the age-old pluralistic ethos.
�India has been known for its tolerance and respect for diversity of thought and opinion. This must be preserved and nurtured. Even the Upanishadas spoke consistently of universal brotherhood,� he said.
Rajguru referred to the distorted and misinterpreted quote attributed to Nehru during the Chinese aggression. �My heart goes out to the people of Assam...� is one such instance of distortion of history. Nehru never spoke of deserting the people of Assam during their hour of distress; rather he spoke of �not resting till every intruder was thrown out of the country� while extending his solidarity to the people of Assam,� he said.
Munin Bayan, in his address, voiced concern over the infiltration issue acquiring more complexities with the passage of time. He called for a definite mechanism as to how to deal with the illegal foreigners once the ongoing NRC came up with a list of the illegal migrants.
Dilip Chandan, while lauding Choudhury for coming up with a well-researched volume on a major issue, said that responsible journalists needed to devote themselves to finding answers to the vexed issues.
Nitumoni Saikia termed the book as a crucial document of the State�s socio-political spheres and said the legitimate apprehensions of the people, who had been facing an existential crisis due to the presence of illegal migrants, must be addressed by the Centre.
Dr Bhattacharya regretted the lack of political will in resolving the issue of Bangladeshi infiltration by successive governments, saying no government till date had exhibited any interest in solving the problem.
�Of the 268-km Assam-Bangladesh border, a hundred kilometre including riverine sectors remains porous. This exposes the utter apathy of successive governments. The Modi government, which garnered the support of the Assamese people by promising to send back infiltrators, has actually laid a red carpet for welcoming more Bangladeshis by tabling the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill-2016,� Bhattacharya said.
He added that the people of Assam as also the Assam Accord were unambiguous in the detection and deportation of illegal migrants on the basis of the cut-off date of March 21, 1971, and without discriminating on the basis of religion.
�The Centre must honour the sentiments of the people and ensure implementation of the Assam Accord in its letter and spirit for preventing marginalisation of the indigenous people,� he asserted.
The writer, Jitendra Kumar Choudhury, gave an account of the labour that had gone into the making of the book and hoped that the government displayed political will to resolve the burning issue. The book has been published by Assam Book Hive.