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Dimasa problem focussed at Delhi meet

By Correspondent

HAFLONG, April 12 � Drawing the attention of the grand assembly on Dimasa problems with an earnest appeal for necessary measures to take up with the appropriate government authorities for speedy and suitable solution of their genuine, long-standing, and burning needs and grievances, Dilip Dimasa, chairman, Peoples' Supreme Council of Dimaraji, Dima Halam Daogah (DHD), approached the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Mahasabha (All India Indigenous People's grand Assembly) recently.

Attending the open session of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Mahasabha (All India Indigenous People's grand Assembly) held on March 30, 2011 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi, jointly organised by the Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal People (ICITP), Adivasi Lekha Parishad, Bharatiya Adim Jati Sevak Sangha, Indian Social Institute (ISI), Indian Institute of Social Sciences, Adivasi Janajati Adhikar Manch, Churches of North-India, Delhi University, All India Tribal Literary Forum and Ramnika Foundation, Nunisa said that the indigenous Dimasa people had a glorious rule of independent kingdom with vast territories since time immemorial till British annexation in 1832 and 1854 AD. With the annexation of the Kachari kingdom, their identity, language, land, economy and polity etc., were all lost. The annexed territories were divided into several districts and they became a minority in every divided district. Moreover, they were overpopulated by outsiders.

They have launched struggles in both ways � violent and non-violent and demanded creation of Dimaraji State by carving out all Dimasa-inhabited areas of their ancient Kachari kingdom for their self-rule, safeguard and development. The tripartite talks have been running between the Centre, State and DHD authorities since the ceasefire agreement in 2003. No amicable solution has been achieved as yet even after seven years of continuous tripartite talks since the cease- fire.

He further said that the present overall conditions of their indigenous adivasi tribal people living in any part of India was not safe and sound. Even after over six decades of India�s independence their indigenous adivasi tribal people have not been able to accommodate their standard of living at par with other advanced sections of the societies, they are still living in deplorable conditions. The basic reasons behind such backwardness, were lack of right education, awareness, etc. The government administration may also be blamed to some extent because of their lack of sincere initiatives in meeting their needs, he added.

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