[Assam] UPA dividing Assam on communal lines - The Organizer
assamrs at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 07:33:36 PST 2006
>Since there is none, one must wonder why VOTE-banking is as Indian as
And in the 'Merican democracy its the race card or the 'bleeding-heart
liberal' vote bank. Vote banks are as old as politics.
On 2/21/06, Chan Mahanta <cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:
> Hi Ganesh:
> I realize that the Congresswallas are renowned vote-bankers. But can
> you point to a political party in Assam or anywhere in India who is
> Since there is none, one must wonder why VOTE-banking is as Indian as
> desi-demokrasy. The thinking person ought to be asking WHY it is so?
> Have you ever thought of that? And if you did, why do you think it is
> so? And HOW could that be changed?
> I am also curious about:
> >'Kuli' is gone,
> *** They are? Where have they vanished to?
> >'Bengali'became smarter,
> *** And how so? Was it hard 'studying' like they are famous for, or
> did they discover something that they had no access to earlier?
> >so Congress have to hold on to "Ali"my ANY MEANS!
> *** I see. But I am certain YOU Ganesh, is far more able than this
> makes you out to be. So why don't you take a few moments sometime and
> reflect SERIOUSLY on WHY things are the way are that bother you so,
> but are unable to find any answers to, other than these rather
> childish conclusions.
> And if you do , please be sure to share it with the rest of us. On
> the other hand if you remain discombobulated enough by your religious
> hang-ups, do tell. I am sure someone here will be able to help you
> understand things a bit better. In fact I would give it a try myself,
> when I get a breather :-).
> At 6:00 AM -0800 2/21/06, Ganesh C Bora wrote:
> >Ram da,
> >Do you remember, during the anti-foreigner agitation
> >time, how the communist along with congress played
> >their role? Later communist were in bed with AGP in
> >AGP's second stint in power.
> >"Ali-Kuli-Bengali"!!!! 'Kuli' is gone, 'Bengali'
> >became smarter, so Congress have to hold on to "Ali"
> >my ANY MEANS!
> >--- Ram Sarangapani <assamrs at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Seems interesting. Anyone heard of 'The Organizer'?
> >> Of the bat seems to be a
> >> Hindu Right Wing rag. But there are some other
> >> pieces like this one
> >> where it talks about communalizing the armed forces
> >> where "all the three
> >> wings of Army were asked by the Government to
> >> provide data on how many
> >> Muslims were there in their ranks, which positions
> >> they hold and even their
> >> role in some key operations. "
> >> **
> >> and then this one on Assam
> >> **
> >> *
> >> *
> >> **
> >> *UPA dividing Assam on communal lines*
> >> *By Pranjit Agarwala*
> >> In 1979, the All Assam Student Union (AASU) started
> >> the anti-foreigners
> >> movement to detect, delete and deport illegal
> >> migrants of Bangladesh from
> >> Assam. All political parties except the erstwhile
> >> Jan Sangh now the
> >> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), termed the movement as
> >> anti-social and
> >> anti-national with parochial and communal overtones.
> >> Besides the BJP on the national level, the Rashtriya
> >> Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
> >> also realised the real gravity of the issue and
> >> mobilised its cadres to make
> >> the Indian public aware of the true nature of the
> >> AASU's anti-foreigners
> >> movement and the dangers the illegal infiltration
> >> from Bangladesh posed for
> >> national security.
> >> However, opinions differed on the status of the
> >> illegal migrants from
> >> Bangladesh.
> >> Muslims faced no persecution and their infiltration
> >> in such large numbers
> >> particularly to Assam was deemed to be a part of a
> >> sinister plan to change
> >> the demographic pattern of Assam thus making it a
> >> Muslim-majority state,
> >> which could be dangerous for the unity and security
> >> of the country.
> >> These fears are not entirely unfounded if the
> >> present situation of Jammu and
> >> Kashmir is considered. Cross-border infiltration in
> >> this Muslim-majority
> >> state has incited separatist sentiments and terror
> >> tactics have been used on
> >> the Kashmiri Pandits who have been forced to abandon
> > > their age-old homeland
> > > and migrate to other parts of the country. The once
> >> prosperous community is
> >> today living in refugee camps in Jammu and Delhi in
> >> deplorable conditions
> >> running from pillar to post seeking justice. But the
> >> Government of India or
> >> the society in general has shown only helplessness
> >> in providing them justice
> >> or in alleviating their plight.
> >> Backdoor enactment of the IMDT Act and its
> >> significance
> >> The plan to change the population pattern of Assam
> >> along religious lines
> >> dates back to pre-Independence days. With the aim of
> >> making Assam a part of
> >> Pakistan during the Partition of India a mass
> >> migration of Muslims mainly
> >> from the Sylhet and Mymensingh districts of
> >> erstwhile East Bengal took place
> >> mainly to the Central Assam districts. However, due
> >> to the tough stand taken
> >> by Gopinath Bordoloi, Assam remained with India at
> >> the time of Partition.
> >> However, the plan was not abandoned and after
> >> Independence an unabated
> >> influx continued with the support of certain
> >> political parties who used
> >> these illegal migrants as vote-banks. These early
> >> illegal migrants from
> >> East-Pakistan identified themselves as Assamese at
> >> the time of the census
> >> and continued to increase their population in the
> >> decades that followed.
> >> The indigenous people of Assam did not understand
> >> the political motive
> >> behind such large-scale trans-migration of
> >> population nor the implications
> >> of their multiplying numbers once settled there. By
> >> the time a conscious
> >> section of the Assamese became aware of the changing
> >> demographic pattern and
> >> its inherent dangers, it was rather late. As by then
> >> six districts of Assam
> >> had a Muslim majority and in 10 districts they had a
> >> significant presence.
> >> While Assam's population increased by 52.44 per cent
> >> from 1971 to 1994 the
> >> number of voters increased by 95 per cent during the
> >> same period. In actual
> >> numbers the increase was from 62,96,000 voters in
> >> 1972 to 1,23,00,000 voters
> >> in 1994. An abnormal increase of 60 lakh voters.
> >> Translated into electoral
> >> politics out of 126 Assembly and 14 Parliamentary
> >> seats they were the
> >> deciding factor in 68 Assembly and eight
> >> Parliamentary seats, respectively.
> >> This large body of foreigners on the electoral rolls
> >> of Assam poses a real
> >> threat to the genuine citizens as they now have the
> >> strength to decide the
> >> fate of governments in Assam.
> >> With Islamic terrorism spreading its tentacles
> >> globally the dangers of such
> >> a huge illegal influx cannot be under-estimated or
> >> ignored. In 1979,
> >> realising the dangers of this illegal infiltration
> >> and the changing
> >> population pattern, AASU launched the
> >> anti-foreigners movement to detect and
> >> deport illegal migrants of Bangladesh and to delete
> >> their names from the
> >> electoral rolls of Assam. The six-year-long
> >> anti-foreigners movement was
> >> unique in the sense that it was able to mobilise the
> >> active support of all
> >> genuine Indian citizens residing in Assam and the
> >> north-east irrespective of
> >> their language, religion or community.
> >> However, vested political interests with an eye on
> >> the Muslim vote-bank gave
> >> the movement a religious tone and termed it as
> >> anti-Muslim and not
> >> anti-foreigners. To protect its minority vote-bank
> >> the Congress which was
> >> then in power both at the Centre and in the state
> >> promulgated the Illegal
> >> Migrants Determination by Tribunals Act (IMDT) in
> >> 1983 to be effective
> >> mainly in Assam. The IMDT Act, instead of helping in
> >> detecting and deporting
> >> illegal migrants, made it more difficult because as
> >> per the Act the onus of
> >> proving a person a foreigner rested on the
> >> complainant and not on the
> >> accused. The Act further required that the
> >> complainant must reside within a
> >> specific radius of the accused and his complaint
> >> must be supported by at
> >> least two witnesses. In contrast, in the rest of the
> >> country illegal
> >> migrants come under the Foreigners Act where the
> >> burden of proof rested with
> >> the accused or the foreigner. Hence the IMDT Act
> >> became more of a deterrent
> > > in detecting foreigners as the process subjected the
> > > complainant to a lot of
> >> harassment.
> >> The IMDT Act, instead of helping in detecting and
> >> deporting illegal
> >> migrants, made it more difficult because as per the
> >> Act the onus of proving
> >> a person a foreigner rested on the complainant and
> >> not on the accused. The
> >> Act further required that the complainant must
> >> reside within a specific
> >> radius of the accused and his complaint must be
> >> supported by at least two
> >> witnesses.
> >> How effective the IMDT Act has been in fulfilling
> >> its stated purpose will be
> >> evident from the government record which states that
> >> since the Act came into
> >> force in December 1983 and up to January 1999, a
> >> period of 15 years, only
> >> 9,599 illegal migrants were detected and not a
> >> single one was deported. As
> >> against this, the flow of illegal migrants from
> >> Bangladesh has not only
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