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Rising Bharat National News Feed: October 9th 2020

  • POJKChina, Pakistan join hands to target India; PLA helps Islamabad to install missiles in PoK

Key points:

  1. Military-to-military cooperation between China and Pakistan at a tactical level
  2. China’s PLA helping Pakistan to install a surface-to-air missile near PoK
  3. CDS Bipin Rawat had recently said that India was capable of handling two-front threat

(Times Now News,9 October 2020) News Link

  • POK की जेल में 9 साल से बंद हैं राजनीतिक कार्यकर्ता, गिलगितबाल्टिस्तान में जोरदार प्रदर्शन

Key points:

  1. गिलगित-बाल्टिस्‍तान इलाके में गुरुवार को एक बार फिर से जोरदार प्रदर्शन हुआ
  2. हुंजा इलाके में स्‍थानीय लोगों ने जेल में बंद कार्यकर्ताओं को रिहा करने की मांग की
  3. इन कार्यकर्ताओं को दंगे करने और नुकसान पहुंचाने के आरोप में अरेस्‍ट किया गया था

(Navbharat Times,9 October 2020) News Link

  1. Webinar on “Spirit of NEP” at MANUU

Key points:

  1. Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) is organising a national webinar ‘Sprit of National Education Policy-2020’ on Saturday.
  2. The objective of the webinar is to understand the vision, identify challenges in the implementation and to prepare a roadmap for MANUU in the light of the NEP 2020. (Telangana Today, 9 October 2020) News Link
  • NEP-2020 will transform Indian Education system : Guv

Key points:

  1. Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan on Friday underlined that the National Education Policy-2020 will transform the Indian education system and make it the global hub of quality education.
  2. Addressing the webinar on NEP-2020, organised by the Centre for South Indian Studies (CSIS,) from Raj Bhavan here on Friday, Dr Soundararajan said that the NEP-2020 is going to mould the students as job-creators and not as job-seekers.
  3. She stated that NEP-2020 was aimed at creating Global Citizens with strong Indian roots and added that if implemented in true spirit by all the stakeholders, the NEP-2020 will regain India’s position as the Vishwa Guru.
  4. Ms Tamilisai exhorted the people to understand the NEP-2020 in its holistic perspective and realize its potential to transform Indian education system as the international destination for quality education.

(UNI India, 9 October 2020) News Link

  • Assam:  ‘Shaping young leaders and NEP 2020’

Key points:

  1. Dr. Rai, an erudite speaker, started on a very positive note of students being sacrosanct to dreams; identifying potentials in self and owe it to oneself; the universe conspires to give that one thing you deeply desire; money is what money does and never fear to dream.
  2. He stated that failure is never fatal as it is a combination for success; people die only once not on every failure; failure is when you stop trying; fear of success is also prevalent but success is not final. He urged the students to listen to the advice of others but never live other’s version of life thereby losing one’s identity.
  3. Dr. Mittal highlighted the benefits this new batch of students and onwards can reap from the NEP stressing on transformations made to establish a transparent system that is student centric and designed to be primarily beneficial to the students.
  4. Advising the students to always have fire and passion to learn, be consistent, recognise their competencies, compete in themselves while investing in team-work, she assured the students, with the future being of blended learning and technological advancement being the crux of our lives off late, NEP 2020 will generate multi-faculty universities that will grant students freedom to choose a basket of courses of their liking.

(Arunanchal 24, 9 October 2020) News Link

  • NEP 2020 will be benchmark of development: VC BGSBU

Key points:

  1. “National Education Policy 2020 is going to a turning point for India. With ever increasing significance of skill-based education, the NEP 2020 if executed in letter and spirit will be a benchmark of development,” Vice Chancellor Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University (BGSBU) Prof Javed Musarrat said while delivering a presentation during brainstorming session on the implementation on NEP 2020 at BGSBU.
  2. While discussing the transformational reforms in education sector, Prof Musarrat emphasized on the structural changes under NEP 2020 that will ensure that the knowledge and opportunities students receive within the country are at par with global standards.
  3. Prof Musarrat urged the members of teaching and non -teaching fraternity of BGSBU to start with, in a time-bound manner for the implementation of NEP 2020 guidelines vis-à-vis academics, research, infrastructure, and other areas, to be able to meet its objectives.

(dailyexcelsior, 9 October 2020) News Link

  1. Kerala tunnel project: Environmentalists ask where is feasibility study and EIA

Key points:

  1. Environmentalists have raised questions over Pinarayi Vijayan’s announcement to construct a massive tunnel in between the ‘Camel Hump’ mountains of the Western Ghats- connecting Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. 
  2. The project will create a 7-km tunnel – mooted to be the third largest such tunnel in the country – and will connect Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. It will also offer a wider and alternate route to the Thamarassery Ghat road which is usually congested, reducing travel time to neighbouring Karnataka significantly, CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced.
  3. However, environmental groups have questioned why the tunnel project was launched by the government, without a Financial Feasibility study, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and a Sociological Impact Assessment. All these studies should have been conducted in the first place, they point out.
  4. “The project construction is announced with no economic and environmental feasibility studies done. The government said that a technical feasibility study for the tunnel was done. However, such a report is not available in the public domain,’ says Kochi-based lawyer and environmental activist Harish Vasudevan.
  5. The Wayanad Prakruthi Samrakshana Samiti, a well known environmentalist group in Kerala, issued a statement pointing out that the Pinarayi government had not even taken permission from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MOEFF), before announcing the project.
  6. “If the tunnel is going to be built underneath forest cover, then that would also come under forest land and hence permission has to be taken from the forest department. Mining underneath the forest also required underground mining rules and there are several challenges with regard to the water table which need to be factored in,” Harish added.

(The News Minute, 9 October 2020) News Link

Rising Bharat National News Feed: August 16th 2020

  • National Education Policy
  1. New Education Policy aims at ensuring 100% gross enrolment in schools by 2030

Key points:

  1. In Tamil Nadu, the webinar on New Education Policy organized by the Rural Outreach Bureau, Government of India in Thanjavur today, emphasized the fact that the policy primarily aims at ensuring 100 per cent gross enrolment in schools by 2030.
  2. The webinar, held as part of Independence Day celebrations, was one element in a series of online communication exchange campaigns being organized by the Rural Outreach Bureau.
  3. The subject experts including Dr Kalaiselvi of Thanjavoor Government Arts and Science College, Dr Kamaraj of Nannilam Community College spoke on various aspects of the policy and their effects on the education domain.

(News on Air, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Assam
  1. Assam: Over 1500 beds to be added for Covid-19 patients

Key points:

  1. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed today that 3 new Covid Care Centres will be functional very soon in the state. He said that a 850 bed Covid care centre will be functional at Nehru stadium in Guwahati while another centre with 704 beds will be operationalised at Mirza .
  2. The Minister further said that the third such centre will be functional with 40 beds facilities at Guwahati for women and children.

(News on Air, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Delhi
  1. COVID-19: Delhi Govt to set up ‘Oxygen Jaanch Kendra’ in 30,000 villages

Key points:

  1. The Delhi Government will now set up ‘Oxygen Jaanch Kendra’ in 30,000 villages to combat COVID-19 and the village youth will be trained and provided with the oxymeters to set up these Kendras, said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.
  2. Taking to Twitter, CM Kejriwal wrote, “Already received commitments for 30,000 oxymeters. I am overwhelmed. Will now set up “oxygen jaanch kendra” in 30,000 villages. Commitments still pouring in. Will help set it up in more villages. Thank you, donors. We will train village youth and give them oxymeters to set up oxygen kendras.”
  3. “This will help us in saving lives by detecting a drop in oxygen levels in time,” he added.
  4. Earlier on Saturday, CM Kejriwal requested people to donate oximeters to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) so that it can be provided to the villages.

(ANI, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Uttar Pradesh
  1. RT-PCR lab opens in Ghaziabad, to screen 96 samples daily

Key points:

  1. Minister of state for health Atul Garg on Saturday inaugurated the much-awaited RT-PCR lab in Ghaziabad. Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 76 lakh, it will be able to screen 96 samples at a time, the results of which will be available in three hours. The ealth department has plans to screen 300 samples daily.
  2. While inaugurating the facility, Garg said, “The laboratory will not only boost testing in the district but people from neighbouring districts can also avail the facilities. It has all modern equipment and will increase the number of testing.”
  3. To step up testing in the district, UP principal secretary (health) Amit Mohan Prasad had visited Ghaziabad on July 22 and instructed to start a RT-PCR laboratory. The state government had instructed to carry out 1,000 antigen tests and 350 RT-PCR tests daily but in the absence of laboratories, reaching the target was not possible.

(Times of India, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Puducherry
  1. Puducherry govt fixes Covid-19 treatment cost in private hospitals

Key points:

  1. The Puducherry government has fixed the cost of treatment for Covid-19 positive patients in private medical colleges and hospitals and private institutions.
  2. The government fixed the cost of non-critical care Covid-19 treatment at Rs 3,250 per day. It has fixed the cost of critical care Covid-19 treatment in intensive care unit (ICU) without a ventilator or non-invasive ventilation (NIV) at Rs 5,480 per day, with NIV at Rs 5,980 per day and with a ventilator at Rs 9,580 per day.
  3. The cost of treatment in ICU for sepsis care without a ventilator is fixed at Rs 6,280 per day, for sepsis treatment with a ventilator at Rs 10,380 per day and for treatment for septic shock and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) with a ventilator at Rs 10,380 per day.
  4. The costs are inclusive of isolation ward/ICU rent, administrative charges, nursing, monitoring and maintenance charges, basic interventions, consultation charges, drugs and investigations, oxygen and nebulization charges, cost of personal protective equipment kit per day, nutritious diet and disinfection cost per person per day among others.
  5. However, private institutions cannot charge patients referred by the government for treatment. The institutions must treat them free of cost.
  6. The government has also fixed the cost of tests like reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), cartridge-based nucleic acid amplification test (CB-NAAT) and TRUENAT (a chip-based, battery-operated RT-PCR kit) at Rs 2,400.

(Times of India, 16 August 2020) News Link

  • Measures taken by Centre
  1. मानसून सत्र की तैयारियां तेज:सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग, हवा में वायरस को मारने वाली मशीन, लार्ज डिस्प्ले स्क्रीन का इस्तेमाल होगा; राज्यसभालोकसभा के सत्र सुबहशाम को कराने पर विचार

Key points:

  1. लगातार राज्यसभा सचिवालय के मुताबिक, सत्र के दौरान अपर हाउस के मेंबर दोनों चेंबर और गैलेरीज में बैठेंगे। 1952 के बाद से भारतीय संसद के इतिहास में ऐसा पहली बार होगा, जब इस तरह की व्यवस्था की जा रही है, जिसके तहत 60 मेंबर राज्यसभा के चेंबर और 51 मेंबर गैलरी में बैठेंगे। बाकी 132 मेंबर्स को लोकसभा के चेंबर में बैठाया जाएगा।
  2. पहली बार लार्ज डिस्प्ले स्क्रीन, कंसोल्स, अल्ट्रावॉयलेट जर्मिसिडल इर्रेडिएशन सिस्टम, दोनों सदनों के बीच स्पेशल केबल और पॉलीकॉर्बोनेट सेपरेटर का इस्तेमाल किया जा रहा है।
  3. सदन की कार्यवाही में सभी भागीदारी तय करने के लिए गैलेरी की सीट्स को कंसोल्स के साथ फिट किया जा रहा है। प्ले-कार्ड्स राज्यसभा की गैलेरी में पार्टियों को इंडीकेट करेंगे।
  4. दोनों सदनों को जोड़ने के लिए स्पेशल केबल का इस्तेमाल किया जाएगा, जिससे कार्यवाही के ऑडियो-विजुअल बिना देरी के दोनों हाउस के बैठे मेंबर्स तक पहुंचे। स्पेशल केबल से मेंबर्स के रियल टाइम पार्टिसिपेशन में मदद मिलेगी।
  5. राज्यसभा सचिवालय ने बताया कि राज्यसभा की ऑफिशियल्स गैलेरी को चेंबर से अलग करने के लिए पॉलीकार्बोनेट शीट्स का इस्तेमाल किया जाएगा।
  6. एयर कंडिशनिंग सिस्टम में अल्ट्रावॉइलेट जर्मिसिडल इर्रेडिएशन सिस्टम का इस्तेमाल पर भी विचार किया जा रहा है, जिससे एयर सप्लाई में बैक्टीरिया और वायरस को खतम किया जा सके।
  7. ऑफिशियल गैलरी और प्रेस गैलरी में भी सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग नॉर्म्स का पालन किया जाएगा। इनमें 15 लोगों को बैठाया जाएगा।
  8. अधिकारियों ने बताया कि सीमित संख्या में सचिवालय के अधिकारियों को सदन के टेबल पर बैठाया जाएगा और रिपोर्टर्स (सदन की कार्यवाही के वर्बेटिम नोट लेने के लिए) को फॉरेन डिगनिटेरीज के बनाए गए स्पेशल बॉक्स में बैठाया जाएगा।

(Bhaskar, 16 August 2020) News Link

Lachit Borphukan – Bulwark Against the Delhi Sultans

Lachit Borphukan

Courtesy Hindu History Info

Assam was the only State in Bharat which defeated successive attempts at invasion by the Delhi Sultans and the Mughal Emperors. The state survived 17 invasions.  Lachit Borphukan and many other brave kings and generals ensured that the North East of Bharat remained free from the Muslim invasions. Lachit Borphukan was a commander in the Ahom kingdom known for his leadership in the 1671 Battle of Saraighat that thwarted a drawn-out attempt by Mughal forces under the command of Ramsingh I to take back Kamrup.

In the mid 1600s the Mughal Empire was in the noontide of its glory – one of the greatest and largest empires in the world with a power army to match it. By force and conciliation it had overrun a large part of India before their fanatical policies of religious persecution led to a series of uprisings and revolutions that brought the entire empire crashing into the dustbin of history.

Popularly referred to as Momai Tamuli, the first Borbarua and also Commander-in-Chief of Ahom forces during the reign of King Prataapa Singha. Momai Tamuli ensured that his son Lachit was properly educated in the disciplines necessary for nobility. After the completion of his formal education, Lachit was appointed as the scarf bearer of the Ahom Swargadeo, a post equivalent to that of a private secretary.

“Dexotkoi mumai dangor nohoi” – My uncle is not greater than my country

From his father, Lachit had inherited an unwavering sense of duty, involvement and loyalty. He now immersed himself completely in the preparations for the war. He was a harsh taskmaster, but very sincere to his job that he did not hesitate to behead even his uncle, who was found to be negligent on duty during an important situation of the war.

Liberation of Ahom territory

In August 1667, Lachit accompanied by Atan Burhagohain lead the Ahom warriors towards Guwahati. In November 1667, he captured the Itakhuli fort and later drove the Mughal forces beyond Manas after taking the faujdar Firruz Khan as prisoner.

In December 1667, the tyrant Aurangzeb was informed of the defeat of the Mughal forces at the hands of Ahom warriors. He ordered a massive army commanded by Raja Ram Singh to attack and subdue the Ahoms. Aurangzeb added an additional 30,000 infantrymen, 21 Rajput chiefs with their contingents, 18,000 cavalry, 2,000 archers and shielders, and 40 ships to Ram Singh’s forces of 4,000 troopers (from his  char-hazaari mansab), 1,500 ahadis and 500 barqandezes.)

Selection of the Battlefield

Lachit Borphukan anticipated such an move by the Mughals. Therefore, immediately after capturing Guwahati he began strengthening the defenses around the Ahom territory. He used the Brahmaputra as a natural perimeter defense and augmented her banks with stockades and mud embankments. He was fully aware that he did not stand a chance against the Mughal troops on the plains. He cleverly choose the hilly and forested terrain just outside Guwahati as his battleground, were the Ahom warriors had an advantage over the Mughals.

Siege of Guwahati and the Alaboi


The Mughal forces attacked Guwahati in March 1669 and for over a year laid siege to it. During  he entire period, the Mughals could not achieve any breakthrough as the Ahoms had erected secure defences . The unaccustomed terrain and climate also turned against the Mughal forces. The Ahoms had the advantage and were using it fully by conducting guerilla raids against the Mughal troops.

The Mughals tried to sow dissension among the Ahoms through trickery. They shot an arrow into the Ahom camp with a letter addressed to Lachit. In that letter, the Mughals offered to pay Lachit one lakh rupees and urged him to evacuate Guwahati. This incident was informed to the Ahom king, which raised doubts in his mind about the loyalty of Lachit. Atan Burhagohain quelled the king’s doubts about Lachit’s loyalty.

Followed by this the Mughals lured the Ahoms for a confrontation on the plains. The Ahom king urged Lachit to take this up as a challenge. A small force of Mughal troops commanded by Mir Nawab was to engage the Ahom warriors at Alaboi. The Ahoms had made elaborate preparations and concealed their reinforcement in trenches. This helped the Ahoms capture Mir Nawab and rout his troops. The Mughals enraged by this defeat let loose their entire forces on the Ahoms that led to a massacre of 10,000 Ahom warriors.

Lachit withdrew his forces up to the Itakhuli fort after this major setback. While the war was raging on, the Ahom king Chakradhwaja Singha died. He was succeeded by Udayaaditya Singha. Observing that none of the Mughal strategies were successful, Ram Singh offered the Ahoms 300,000 rupees to give up their claim on Guwahati and return to an earlier treaty agreed in 1639. However, this was fiercely opposed by Atan Burhagohain, who raised the suspicion that the tyrannical emperor of Delhi may not abide by this proposal.

Meanwhile, Munnawar Khan, the Mughal admiral joined Ram Singh, with a rebuking message from Aurangzeb to make war with the Ahoms and not friendship. Ram Singh was now forced to move in full strength against the Ahoms. He was informed of a breach in the embankment near Andharubali. At this time, Lachit was down with severe illness and could not actively oversee the battle preparations.

Snatching Victory from Defeat

Lachit leading his troops

Lachit leading his troops

The Ahom army was demoralized after their defeat at the hands of the Mughals in the previous battle at Alaboi. When they saw the huge enemy boats looming nearer, they were devastated and were on the brink of deserting and fleeing the scene. Sensing this, Lachit immediately ordered a flotilla of seven boats to be prepared for him and forced himself from the sickbed and on to the boats. He firmly stated that regardless of what happens, he will never desert his country. Seeing their general back on foot and hearing his words gave the Ahoms a big morale boost. All soldiers rushed to Lachit’s side and their numbers swelled immediately.

The Ahoms launched their small boats and Lachit led them to a head on confrontation with the Mughals in the middle of the river. The smaller Ahom boats had greater maneuverability as opposed to the large Mughal vessels. The Mughal boats were stuck in the water unable to navigate efficiently. In a closely fought battle, the Mughals were decisively defeated. The Mughal admiral Munnawar Khan was killed in battle. Many of the Mughal commanders and numerous troops were also killed.

The Ahoms chased the Mughals upto the Manas, which was the western boundary of the Ahom. Lachit also instructed his troops to be always alert for counterattacks from the Mughals. All these events are presumed to have taken place in the month of March in the year 1671.

Though Lachit emerged victorious in the war against the Mughals and restored the glory and dignity of Ahoms, the strains of war had taken their toll on him. He never recovered from his illness and died an year later in April 1672.


Lachit Memorial at Naval Defence Academy

Lachit Memorial at Naval Defence Academy

He was put to rest at the Lachit Maidan built by the King Udayaditya Singh at   Hoolungapara in 1672. His statue was unveiled at the National Defense Academy at Khadakwasla in 2000 by then Governor of Assam, Lt. Gen. S K Sinha. Every year the best cadet passing out of the Academy is awarded the Lachit Medal . Nov 24th is commemorated as Lachit Divas in remembrance of this heroic son of Maa Bharati.

Source material & References  –

a.  Yuva bharati magazine – April 2011

b. Assam Info website

c. Sitaram Goel

The Radicals Have spoken clearly on Assam. Is the Nation Hearing ?

Speaking on the Assam issue on 8th August 2012 , Mr.Asaduddin Owasi, the MP from Hyderabad belonging to MIM ( Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) said

“Lastly, I warn the Central Government; I warn the hon. Members over here. ¦ (
Interruptions) If proper rehabilitation does not take place, you be ready for a third wave of radicalization among Muslim youth. ¦ (Interruptions) You are not bringing it to the notice. … (Interruptions) I am bringing it to your notice. … (Interruptions)” 
Full text of discussion in parliament can be looked at
Point # 1 that the nation must note is 
Mr.Owaisi is clear that the Muslims are one community irrespective of the country to which they belong. Therefore, even when the Bodos are actually fighting the Bangladeshi infiltrators ( which the state must be doing ), his sympathy lies with the Muslims over the Bodos. No matter to him that the Bodos belong to Bharat and the Muslims in question here are from Bangladesh. It also does not matter to him that Hindus also are languising in rehabilation camps.
Point # 2 :
He says that this will lead to the 3rd radicalization of the Muslims. I guess by this he means, after Ayodhya in 1992 and Gujarath in 2002. The history over the world shows that Muslims esp in India do not need any particular reason to get radicalized. Because of their concept of Jehad, the Ummah and Jannat, it is easy for the recruiters of Jehadis to get recruits by showcasing any problem across the world as an issue of Islam. For example, they recruited people over the Khalifa during Khilafat, on the Iraq issue when Saddam was attacked, they recruited when Osama was attacked and many many more such incidents which lead to recruitment and radicalization.
Will the country ask Mr.Owaisi what makes the Muslim youth so prone to radicalization ?  Why is it that the Hindu victims like the Kashmiri Pandits, the victims of partition, the Hindu victims of Pakistan and Bangladesh, the family members of riot victims in so many parts across the country don’t get radicalized while it is so easy for the Muslims to get radicalized ?
Point # 3 –
As if taking the cue from Mr.Owaisi ( or orchestrated events by bigger powers that Owaisi), the Muslims took out protests in Hyderabad, Mumbai and other parts of the country which “suddenly” got violent. It is another matter that the “peaceful” protesters were armed with petrol bombs and other armaments.
As per reports, in Madhapur at Hyderabad, a goonda by name Momin with his gang has gone about threatening Assamese & others from North East to vacate Hyderabad before 20th August 2012 or face death. This is on the lines of the warnings given to the Pandits in Kashmir valley during the 90’s.
Today’s reports suggest that Assamese in Bengaluru have also been asked to vacate.
Thousands of Hindus who hail from Assam and other parts of North East have evacuated these cities and are moving back to their home. Is this the security that the nation-state is going to give to its citizens ? The only source of support to the Assamese seem to be the swayamsevaks who are offering support and solace to them.
Is the country going to be taken to ransom to the radicalization call and warnings of these goons. It must be remembered that whenever the state fails in its duty of protection, the people would be forced to take their own measures for protection of their folk.
Owaisi is a Parliamentarian who has sworn by the Indian constitution. What are the measures he is taking to arrest these radicals rather than succumbing to them ?  Is he a member of Parliament of only Muslims Or a Member of Parliament of India ?
Mr. Owaisi and his folk are clear. Is the nation willing to hear the import of these words and actions ?
Arise Bharat !

Inflitrators fuel tension in Assam

It is a known fact that the GOI has deliberately slept over the inflitration issue in Assam. The Supreme court’s directive to the GOI to act on this issue has fallen on deaf ears. Readers are aware that the Congress government in the past had pushed for the IMDT Act in Assam. Under this act, if a person complaints that xyz is an illegal migrant, the onus of proving that he is indeed an illegal migrant falls on the person who has filed the complaint. In other parts of the country, the onus is on the accused to prove that he is not an infiltrator but a genuine citizen of Bharat.

This is dirty votebank politics played by the Congress government for the votes of the Bangladeshi infiltrators. This has lead to an unprecedented situation where the people who have illegal entered the country are determining the politics of the state and the nearby states as well.

The recent violence is a case in point that we are sitting on a live bomb that is ticking….the Government needs to act.

Pl find below a few reports on the situation in Assam :


Meghalaya Governor Sri Ranjit Sekhar Mooshahary puts the blame on Assam government for not acting in time with regards to the illegal migration.


Post Bureau, Guwahati (July 24): Bodoland Territorial Council chief Hagrama Mohilary has demanded immediate sealing of the Indo-Bangladesh border, alleging that Bangladeshi nationals were sneaking into the state and fomenting trouble.

He said that there are reports from indigenous Muslim people that some foreign elements are instigating the local people to indulge in violence in Kokrajhar district.

“The people in BTC, particularly the Muslims, are industrious people who have been living in peace with us since many years. There was no disharmony before. But local Muslims have informed that people from outside, particularly the neighbouring country, have entered the area and are instigating the local people,” Mohilary alleged.


A Time to Heed Reason
The last four days of mob violence in Kokrajhar district (that has also spread to Dhubri) is indeed most unfortunate for a plural society that has become an even more complex conglomeration after the demographic changes in Assam wrought by our politicians over the last three decades. The death toll rose to 20 on Monday with allegations of policemen in one of the police stations just looking on as four persons were lynched to death by a mob. The riots have led to large-scale arson, thereby forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and take shelter in relief camps in and around Kokrajhar. The number of people in relief camps that was about 40,000 on Sunday has gone up to well over 50,000 and could rise even further in the coming days unless very firm measures are initiated by the administration to control the riots. Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued in Kokrajhar and curfew has been clamped on neighbouring areas of the riot-hit districts. The Centre has stepped in to assist the State administration by sending 14 more companies (about 1,750 personnel) of the CRPF to control the situation. What is indeed saddening is that we should have had a repetition of the violence resulting from ethnic cleansing that had rocked Kokrajhar and Bongaigaon soon after the Assembly elections of 1996, resulting in the setting up of relief camps that had to be sustained for many years. There is no way of predicting at this point as to how long the newly created relief camps will have to be sustained in the interests of the personal security of thousands of people. Such things are a major slur on any civilized society and its government.Politicians who are directly or indirectly responsible for creating bizarre demographic changes in any State, should stop to think of not just their own electoral equations, but also of the traumatic effects of such changes on the lives of innocent people. In the last three decades, we have been witness to a callous indifference to the disasters that have overtaken people as a result of the actions of politicians directed solely at electoral gains even with the help of foreign nationals. At this point, any objective and dispassionate penal action against rioters would seem to be quite impossible because of their electoral clout and the inability of the government to  punish wrongdoing on the part of the so-called minorities who are actually in a majority in several of the districts of Assam.

We are in a situation where the only solution for the plural society of Assam is to achieve a certain level of harmony and a will to coexist in amity even amid the demographic chaos created by our politicians for their electoral gains. The bottom line of the present equation is that people must survive and exist even in the most adverse situations created by our politicians for their own electoral gains. People must begin to realize that violence and killing and ethnic cleansing have no place in the society that we find ourselves in and one that we will have to sustain willy-nilly for our survival and our future. The man in the street does not have the advantage that politicians do. He cannot just decide one fine morning to migrate to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata or Bangalore because foreign nationals welcomed by politicians have turned the indigenous population into an insignificant minority. The need of the hour, therefore, is the realization of how important amity, goodwill and harmony are to our plural society as it exists today. This is something that the ‘minorities’ (that are, in fact, the majority in several districts) as well as the other ethnic groups must appreciate if we are to talk about and dream about development of a society that has already fallen far back in the race of development.