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

Chan Mahanta cmahanta at charter.net
Tue May 8 07:26:17 PDT 2007


Ram,

I am fine with assamnet which goes thru assam.org. I am not allowed 
to post in ASOM however, even though I get to see 'asom' list posts, 
time to time. For some reason they come to my mailbox, even though I 
never subscribed to it.

c-da






At 8:18 AM -0600 5/8/07, Ram Sarangapani wrote:
>  >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.
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>This post seems to come thru fine, C'da. I even checked 
><http://assam.org>assam.org - seems fine.
>Of course. it could be that you are high up in the Ozarks, and 
>nothing can reach you :):)
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>--Ram
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>On 5/8/07, Chan Mahanta 
><<mailto:cmahanta at charter.net>cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:
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>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.
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>Or so it might seem.
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>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.
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>But we also know it is not unique to our peers. It happens to be an 
>universal response.
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>So why do I even bother to raise the issue? What makes it special?
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>For two reasons.
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>         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.
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>         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.
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>If we take a moment to take a deeper look at the above two points it 
>will be eminently clear that:
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>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.
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>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?
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>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?
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>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.
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>At 3:16 AM -0400 5/8/07, <mailto:assamwatch at aol.com>assamwatch at aol.com wrote:
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: <mailto:assamwatch at aol.com>assamwatch at aol.com
>To: <mailto:assamonline at yahoogroups.com> assamonline at yahoogroups.com
>Sent: Fri, 4 May 2007 6.21PM
>Subject: Re: [asom] Re: Press Release on 'Fast unto Death'
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>Dear Mr Wahid Saleh,
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>We are very grateful to receive a copy of your posting in response 
>to our Press Release AW/001/2007 Dated 29.04.2007.
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>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.
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>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.
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>Regards.
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>Press section.
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>AssamWatch(UK)
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>4 May 2007
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>AssamWatch is a voluntary non-profit making Human Rights 
>organisation based in the United kingdom.
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: wahid.saleh at gmail.com
>To: assamonline at yahoogroups.com
>Sent: Thu, 3 May 2007 10.30AM
>Subject: [asom] Re: Press Release on 'Fast unto Death'
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>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.
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>My question to Dr Hazarika:
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>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:
><http://groups.yahoo.com/group/assamonline/message/3100>http://groups.yahoo.com/group/assamonline/message/3100 
>)
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>Are these families not 'human' enough so that their 'rights' could
>be taken up by Human rights organization like AssamWatch (UK)?
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>Regards,
>Wahid Saleh
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>--- assamwatch at ... wrote:
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>PRESS RELESE
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>AW/001/2007
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>Dated 29 April 2007
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>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
>Co-ordinator
>AssamWatch(UK)
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