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CAA threat to identity of indigenous people: AASU

By R Dutta Choudhury

GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday claimed that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill would not affect the Indian citizens. That may be true for the rest of the country, but the situation is totally different in the North East region, which is facing severe problem because of infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals. This was the view of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU), which is spearheading the anti-CAA movement along with 30 organizations representing different ethnic groups of the State.

Strongly reacting to the Prime Minister�s statement made in a public meeting in Delhi last evening, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the situation in Assam and other states of the North East cannot be equated with the rest of the country. �This part of the country have faced serious problem of infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals, which posed a serious threat to the identity and culture of the indigenous people. The condition of the indigenous people of Tripura is a prime example. Of the 40 lakh population of the state, only 12 lakh are indigenous people, while, the original Kokborok language is no longer the state language of Tripura. If we allow more Bangladeshi nationals to come to Assam, the condition of the indigenous people of Assam will be the same as that of Tripura,� he added.

Bhattacharya pointed out that in the last census, the Assamese speaking people in Assam was only 48 per cent of the total population. If infiltrators are given citizenship, there would be a serious threat to the language of the Assamese and other ethnic groups. Moreover, as the CAA is not applicable in the Six schedule areas and the areas covered under the Inner Line Permit System, the valley areas would be the dumping ground of Bangladeshi nationals.

The AASU chief adviser pointed out that Assam has already taken the burden of Bangladeshi nationals who entered the state illegally from 1951 to 1971 and it is not possible for a small state to take any more burden of foreign nationals. �We do not differentiate foreigners on the basis of their religion. As per the Assam Accord, all the foreigners who came to Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971 must be detected and deported irrespective of their religion,� he added. He also said that the Prime Minister should not try to equate Assam with the rest of the country as no state in the country has taken the burden of a large number of foreigners.

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CAA threat to identity of indigenous people: AASU

GUWAHATI, Dec 23 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday claimed that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill would not affect the Indian citizens. That may be true for the rest of the country, but the situation is totally different in the North East region, which is facing severe problem because of infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals. This was the view of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU), which is spearheading the anti-CAA movement along with 30 organizations representing different ethnic groups of the State.

Strongly reacting to the Prime Minister�s statement made in a public meeting in Delhi last evening, AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya said that the situation in Assam and other states of the North East cannot be equated with the rest of the country. �This part of the country have faced serious problem of infiltration of Bangladeshi nationals, which posed a serious threat to the identity and culture of the indigenous people. The condition of the indigenous people of Tripura is a prime example. Of the 40 lakh population of the state, only 12 lakh are indigenous people, while, the original Kokborok language is no longer the state language of Tripura. If we allow more Bangladeshi nationals to come to Assam, the condition of the indigenous people of Assam will be the same as that of Tripura,� he added.

Bhattacharya pointed out that in the last census, the Assamese speaking people in Assam was only 48 per cent of the total population. If infiltrators are given citizenship, there would be a serious threat to the language of the Assamese and other ethnic groups. Moreover, as the CAA is not applicable in the Six schedule areas and the areas covered under the Inner Line Permit System, the valley areas would be the dumping ground of Bangladeshi nationals.

The AASU chief adviser pointed out that Assam has already taken the burden of Bangladeshi nationals who entered the state illegally from 1951 to 1971 and it is not possible for a small state to take any more burden of foreign nationals. �We do not differentiate foreigners on the basis of their religion. As per the Assam Accord, all the foreigners who came to Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971 must be detected and deported irrespective of their religion,� he added. He also said that the Prime Minister should not try to equate Assam with the rest of the country as no state in the country has taken the burden of a large number of foreigners.