[Assam] UPA dividing Assam on communal lines - The Organizer

Ram Sarangapani 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
desi->demokrasy.
And in the 'Merican democracy its the race card or the 'bleeding-heart
liberal' vote bank. Vote banks are as old as politics.

--Ram






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
> NOT?
>
>
> 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 :-).
>
> c-da
>
>
> 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!
> >
> >Ganesh
> >
> >--- 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
> >>
> >>
> >
> http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=119&page=7
> >>
> >>  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
> >>  **
> >>  *
> >>
> >
> http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=119&page=19
> >>  *
> >>  **
> >>  *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
> >>
> >=== message truncated ===>
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