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There is a need to stop internal colonisation in India: Prof Baruah

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GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - The present political system has developed since the emergence of capitalism. So, there is a need to implement a new type of political narrative that will address the issues of the common people at large. For the purpose, the masses must create a situation where the popular movement will become so powerful that it will leave no space for our political leadership to avoid the same. This was observed by noted educationist Prof Apurba Kumar Baruah while delivering the 16th Braja Mohan Sarma Memorial Lecture on the topic �Prospects of Alternative Politics in an Internal Colony� today.

Given the ongoing pandemic, the event was held through online mode.

Asserting that Assam�s situation is almost similar to the internal colonies of western countries and Africa, Prof Baruah said, �In the case of Assam, there was an attempt at culturally subjugating the people who live in the State by mainstream communities of the Indian State or Indian politics.�

He added that at present Assam�s situation is such that taking a new political party to power will not solve its problems, as the present political system only depends on money, muscle power and middlemen.

Moreover, in the case of national parties, local leadership always remains under New Delhi�s control, he observed.

Analysing the present socio-political situation in the country, Prof Baruah said, �If we try to form a political community based on citizenship rights, then we may be able to build a strong state. Some people want to make India a one-nation country, an idea that is nothing but an output of the concept of �Hindi, Hindu and Brahmanical� nation,� he said.

From a global perspective, he stated that all colonial powers in the world had invariably tried to use culture as a tool to facilitate economic exploitation. On the other hand, in the case of India, he said the powers of the state governments are taken away gradually by different acts and administrative decisions of the Central government.

�So, to solve the various core issues, there is a need to stop the process of internal colonisation in the country,� he added.

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There is a need to stop internal colonisation in India: Prof Baruah

GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - The present political system has developed since the emergence of capitalism. So, there is a need to implement a new type of political narrative that will address the issues of the common people at large. For the purpose, the masses must create a situation where the popular movement will become so powerful that it will leave no space for our political leadership to avoid the same. This was observed by noted educationist Prof Apurba Kumar Baruah while delivering the 16th Braja Mohan Sarma Memorial Lecture on the topic �Prospects of Alternative Politics in an Internal Colony� today.

Given the ongoing pandemic, the event was held through online mode.

Asserting that Assam�s situation is almost similar to the internal colonies of western countries and Africa, Prof Baruah said, �In the case of Assam, there was an attempt at culturally subjugating the people who live in the State by mainstream communities of the Indian State or Indian politics.�

He added that at present Assam�s situation is such that taking a new political party to power will not solve its problems, as the present political system only depends on money, muscle power and middlemen.

Moreover, in the case of national parties, local leadership always remains under New Delhi�s control, he observed.

Analysing the present socio-political situation in the country, Prof Baruah said, �If we try to form a political community based on citizenship rights, then we may be able to build a strong state. Some people want to make India a one-nation country, an idea that is nothing but an output of the concept of �Hindi, Hindu and Brahmanical� nation,� he said.

From a global perspective, he stated that all colonial powers in the world had invariably tried to use culture as a tool to facilitate economic exploitation. On the other hand, in the case of India, he said the powers of the state governments are taken away gradually by different acts and administrative decisions of the Central government.

�So, to solve the various core issues, there is a need to stop the process of internal colonisation in the country,� he added.

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