GUWAHATI, July 17 � The �sinister designs� of the Chinese Government to reverse flow the water of the Brahmaputra in the upper catchments in order to enliven the desert areas of central China was strongly condemned by the Guwahati Senior Citizens� Association in its meeting held yesterday.
The meeting held under the presidentship of veteran journalist DN Chakravarty urged the External Affairs Ministry to register united protest in collaboration with the friendly countries of the UN against the Chinese design.
The meet also extended unqualified support to the popular movement launched by the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in respect of �unscientific and unethical� construction of high dams in Arunachal Pradesh �something likely to cause incalculable damage to the vast plains of Assam, exposing its 30 million people to untold difficulties.
Participating in the discussion, Kamaleswar Bora, former Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University, said that various international laws and statutes governing the relationship between different countries in respect of water sharing made it obligatory on the part of all concerned not to jeopardize the interest of co-sharing nations while engineering or manipulating the water courses at different levels.
Bora expressed sorrow at the failure of the External Affairs Minister to bring home India�s concerns before the Chinese Government over the hazardous consequences of the latter�s �mischievous plans� to divert river courses in the highlands of China.
Prof Biraj Choudhury also threw light on the issue during his speech.
The meeting also discussed at length on the proposal of the Government of Assam to upgrade the Cotton College into a university and to name it after Henry Cotton, and strongly opposed such naming after an imperialist ruler. The meet suggested instead that the institution be named after Anundoram Borooah, one of the brightest brains of Assam.
Tobiul Hussain, member, administration and coordination, Abani Kumar Sarma, member, finance and Khanindra Chandra Das, member, social welfare, presented their monthly reports.
Several members including Surendra Kumar Baruah, Bijuli Sarma, Amal Hazarika, Ramanikanta Deka and Bholaram Doley while participating in the discussion said that the elderly section of the people of Assam would stand solidly behind the AASU and the KMSS in their fight against construction of big dams.