Protests against CAA-NRC in the northeast continues

Published : Jan 04, 2020 09:11 am | By: priya ghosh

Protests against CAA-NRC in the northeast continues


In the northeastern part of India especially Assam the protests against the CAA and NRC seem to continue and there will be no stop to it as the students and intellectuals have joined hands to fight against the BjP policies which they feel is divisive and should be withdrawn. Meanwhile, the state BJP blames Congress of organizing protest rallies.

A with the beginning of the New Year the northeastern part of India continues to protest against the CAA and NRC and the students of college and university have pledged to continue with their protests against all odds. It seems unlikely that the [protests will end any soon. Just as January began,  scores of people started hitting the streets against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which aims at providing citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted minorities from three neighbouring countries. In Assam, The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), along with 30 other organisations, has already announced   that there will be a   series of protests next month. In August 2019,  The NRC in Assam got updated with 19.06 lakh people excluded.

 There were few political parties like the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) and the Congress, along with the All Assam Minorities Students Union (AAMSU) supported the move while  the ruling BJP, AASU and the first petitioner in the Supreme Court in the NRC-related case Assam Public Works were dissatisfied. There was mayhem created when the protests first started but now people are resorting to peaceful protests. However, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda unhappy about the uprising and tried to make them understand that he will not do anything to harm the interests of the people of Assam as they have chosen him as their leader. His comments came after the students decided to continue the stir and also after the former DGP Harekrishna Deka criticized him, and said that he had become a ‘hardcore Hinduist'.

 The students have said that they will keep staging demonstrations till the CAA is withdrawn and they are also protesting against the Centre's attitude towards the state in dealing with issues which are long pending The  anti-CAA protesters in Nalbari district were seen waving  black flags as  Sonowal’s convoy passed through The . police had to  resort to baton charge to disperse the crowd. The members of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP)succumbed to injuries  in the  clashes with police as two AJYCP members were taken into custody. Meanwhile, the members of the Asom Sahitya Sabha staged a sit-in-demonstration in Guwahati wearing black masks. The BJP-led government in the state had earlier  announced a corpus fund of Rs 75 crore for 22 indigenous apex literary bodies including the Asom Sahitya Sabha and Bodo Sahitya Sabha. To this the students of these organizations said that the corpus fund was long due and they deserved to receive it and it does not mean that this will silence them. The protests will continue till the government does something about it.

 Meanwhile, Assam CM perhaps in an attempt to make the protests stop announced 160 sattras (neo-vashnavite monasteries)and devalayas of the state who would receive 2 lakh annually in addition to the regular annuity they are provided by the State Government. Sonowal and his BJP counterparts are pointing fingers at the Congress and Left groups for creating ruckus in the state by organizing rallies and destroying the calm of the state. While addressing a peace rally organized by the BJP he said that people who are creating a disturbance in the state will not be spared. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who addressed a rally in Assam recently said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that due to the policies of the government in the Centre and state, Assam might resort to the path of violence. He also mentioned that the spirit of the Assam accord should not be undermined. The Assam BJP has stated that the anti-CAA protesters are alleging that public has been hired by the BJP for their meeting. They said they want to challenge the people who are accusing them of it and prove them wrong.   The problem the BJP is facing, however, is that even if the BJP is blaming Congress for CAA-NRC protests its allies are also opposing the CAA and NRC. The allies have expressed their reservations and said that the law is divisive in nature and might be an instrument to harass the Muslim community.

 So it is evident that despite the efforts made by BJP leaders the students across the north-eastern the region will not bow down and continue with their peaceful protests as they will be getting support from their teachers, senior citizens, intellectuals, civil society organizations and the general public. The students also plan on a door to door campaign against the act in remote villages of the state of Assam.  Now it is essential for the Modi Shah government to look into the overwhelming response against their policies and take stock of the situation as the uprising will not die down any soon. An introspection on the policies which are affecting the saffron party’s electoral mandate negatively should be avoided. The step of Amit Shah’s announcement of implementing NRC across the country has adversely affected the party’s image and the action should be taken immediately to control the damage. 


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