[Assam] Fwd: [asom] Re: Press Release on 'Fast unto Death'

Chan Mahanta cmahanta at charter.net
Tue May 8 07:00:26 PDT 2007

Wahid Kokaideu raises a valid question, as do the others of the ASOM 
list.  It demonstrates the generosity and registers the fair-minded 
outlooks of all those who look out for the welfare of ALL, regardless 
of the labels or the stigmata SOME might be associated with, whether 
they are self acquired or assigned by others or gained from accidents 
of history.

Or so it might seem.

Why I add the above qualifier is for a very simple reason: Over the 
decades I have witnessed, just like all others too who  are either 
willing or able, the propensity of some of our peers whose piety and 
righteous outrages are usually set aside ONLY for those with whom 
they have empathy for, be it for social, be it for political, be it 
for linguistic, be it for religious or be it even for moral grounds.

But we also know it is not unique to our peers. It happens to be an 
universal response.

So why do I even bother to raise the issue? What makes it special?

For two reasons.

	A: The mantle of superior morality worn by our learned peers 
who are outraged by
	the despicable human-rights organizations who take up causes 
ONLY of people with the
	stigma I described above and not ALL, regardless of their 
sins, real or perceived, as they
	 - the fair minded citizenry - would  undoubtedly do.

	B:  The intellectual acumen of the outraged who speculated in 
the ASOM mailing list as
	to WHY these fasting wives had to go marry them ULFA cadres 
about whose fate the
	Indian government remains  silent, in spite of ONE its own 
High Court's orders to reveal
	it to these wives.

If we take a moment to take a deeper look at the above two points it 
will be eminently clear that:

In A above, the mantle of superior morality derived from an universal 
goodwill for the welfare of ALL is, at best, a mythical one. It is a 
conveniently donned cloak. For they WERE / ARE NOWHERE to be found
when THOSE WHOSE acts of commission and omission gave rise to the 
insurgency in Assam and ULFA amongst one of the sub-continent's most 
docile and passive ethnic community, the Oxomiyas.

In B above we see an abject  ignorance of one of civilized societies' 
most fundamental tenets: They do not hold the spouses or the children 
of individuals charged or adjudged  guilty of a crime similarly 
guilty, just like they do not hold an entire race or religion or 
country guilty of the transgressions  or crimes of a few; like they 
do for example in India. Remember the Sikh pogrom after Indira 
Gandhi's killing? Remember the  Godhra aftermath?

Finally, those  whose outrages are NOT convenient or politically 
expedient , ought to ask FIRST:  Why do HR activists needed at all? 
Is it NOT because of a FAILURE of those who are entrusted with 
protecting the rights of the ALL of the citizenry and for upholding 
the rule of law to begin with? If the
'legitimate' govts. did their job, WOULD these despicable, BIASED and 
SELF-SERVING HUMAN RIGHTS  organization be even needed?

I do not have privileges to post in the ASOM list, even though, by 
some quirk of the internet's  reach, I do get to see its posts, 
sometimes. So I request Wahid Kokaideu to forward  this response, if 
he would, to that list as well.


At 3:16 AM -0400 5/8/07, assamwatch at aol.com wrote:
>-----Original Message-----
>From: assamwatch at aol.com
>To: assamonline at yahoogroups.com
>Sent: Fri, 4 May 2007 6.21PM
>Subject: Re: [asom] Re: Press Release on 'Fast unto Death'
>Dear Mr Wahid Saleh,
>We are very grateful to receive a copy of your posting in response 
>to our Press Release AW/001/2007 Dated 29.04.2007.
>AssamWatch(UK) would encourage you to submit us cases of Human 
>Rights violations in the internationally recognised format occurring 
>in Assam with  permission to AssamWatch(UK) from the victim/victims 
>to enable us to work on those cases.
>It might be a matter interested to you to know that our widely 
>circulated and Assam media reported Press Release to help the 
>victims (within our limits) of the Dhemaji Explosion did not produce 
>any results.
>Press section.
>4 May 2007
>AssamWatch is a voluntary non-profit making Human Rights 
>organisation based in the United kingdom.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: <javascript:parent.ComposeTo("wahid.saleh%40gmail.com", 
>"");>wahid.saleh at gmail.com
>To: <javascript:parent.ComposeTo("assamonline%40yahoogroups.com", 
>"");>assamonline at yahoogroups.com
>Sent: Thu, 3 May 2007 10.30AM
>Subject: [asom] Re: Press Release on 'Fast unto Death'
>I understand that AssamWatch (UK) is a Human rights organization.
>>From the press release by Dr Hazarika, as he mentioned about the six
>wives of the ULFA cadres, it seems he is only concerned about the
>wellbeing of ULFA and ULFA relatives.
>My question to Dr Hazarika:
>What about the families that had to part with their near
>and dear ones due to the ULFA's brutality?
>Many of those kidnapped by the ULFA remain traceless, (for
>your information Dr Hazarika please see the post:
>Are these families not 'human' enough so that their 'rights' could
>be taken up by Human rights organization like AssamWatch (UK)?
>Wahid Saleh
>--- assamwatch at ... wrote:
>Dated 29 April 2007
>AssamWatch(UK) has noted with some relief that upon receiving firm
>written commitment from the Chief Minister of Assam, the six wives of
>the missing cadres of the United Liberation Front of Asom in Bhutan in
>December 2003 has ended their 'FAST UNTO DEATH' action on 26 April
>2007. Assam Watch(UK) would like to thank the Government of Assam for
>intervening in time to save the lives of these determined ladies who
>has followed the footsteps of Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi who went on
>repeated 'Fasting Protests' during the Indian independence struggle.
>We are very hopeful that the Assam Government will honour the
>written reassurances and commitments given to the ladies on doing the
>needful in tracing the where about of the missing persons pursuing all
>avenues and return them to their families as soon as possible.
>The ladies fasting from. 21 March 2007 have put their health in
>extreme jeopardy. Appropriate care need to be provided for overall
>well being of these ladies who have put their bodies through extreme
>starvation on a background of a anxiety over their beloved ones for
>over the last Two and a Half year and it is expected that the
>appropriate authorities have already taken this into consideration and
>continue the care needed for them without any prejudice.
>Dr. M. Hazarika
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