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JPC clears Citizenship amendment, triggers protest

  • JPC clears Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016
    JPC clears Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016

The Joint Parliamentary Committee set up to study the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has finalized it's report brushing aside the amendment proposals on Monday in Delhi that runs into a seismic wave of protest across the state from the new year’s day.

Chaired by MP Rajendra Agarwalla, the committee met in the afternoon where defying the stiff protest by the opposition camps, the BJP and it's coalition partners cleared the Bill in its original form that would pave the way for citizenship to the non Muslim immigrants from the neighbouring Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan who intruded into India till December 31, 2014.

Caught in a barrage of protest, the committee was indecisive for the last one year and conducted hearing in Guwahati where the people of all opposition parties, organizations and individuals opposed it.

But a determined BJP president Amit Shah and prime minister Narendra Modi on December 26 took final consent from chief minister Sarbanabda Sonowal who had no option in the light of the resolution adopted at the state executive meeting in Majuli in support of the Bill.

The opposition parties along with hundreds of pressure groups are hitting the streets on Tuesday in protest against the JPC move to table the Bill in Parliament on January 7.

The Asom Gana Parishad, a coalition partner of the BJP led government has been threatening to snap the alliance if JPC tables the report. But the regional parties has yet to decide its course of action. Talking to Assam Times, party leaders said they hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to take a firm decision.

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Axomor Husori British-r Suburit

18 May 2015 - 7:33pm | Rrituraj Sharma

Staying outside Assam for a few years now, earlier in Delhi, Chandigarh, Bangalore and now in London, I have always noticed how strong the emotions run across every Assamese’s blood when it comes to our region and its festivals. And rightfully so. But have we done enough to promote these rich traditions amongst the rest of India? We as a clan know about so many dance forms and cultures and traditions across the length and breadth of the country. But do we not always feel sad when someone says that they are not sure where Assam is? I personally have faced this and I am sure many of the readers who have travelled outside or stays in other states/countries can add more. Once a highly educated software engineer asked me in Bangalore, ‘When you go to Assam do you travel through Mumbai?’ My jaw had almost dropped. But then over the years I realised that this was not an isolated incident. Earlier in the 90s we were at Coimbatore during my college excursion. A school student probably in Class VIII, when I said I was from Assam, had asked me if I had coins. With a perturbed look, I had asked, ‘What coins?’ to which his friend replied, ‘Actually he collects coins of different countries’. I smiled back and asked him if he studied Geography in school and asked him to have a look at the map of India.

Now whatever may be the reasons for this ignorance, in order to overcome this, we have 2 choices: continue blaming the national media and our politicians for not portraying Assam in the right perspective to the rest of India OR own up responsibility by becoming a cultural ambassador of our own state and take one baby step at a time to promote our rich culture, traditions, the hospitality that assamese are known for, across the globe. Easier said than done, I agree, but then someone somewhere has to initiate and today very proudly I can share with you all that the first step of a long journey has been initiated through the concept of ‘Axomor Husori British-r Suburit’ – a concept launched by the online music venture ‘back2music’ (www.back2music.in) and ably initiated by London’s very vibrant Bihu Husori team ‘Bordoisila Bihu Gosthi’.

The emotional quotient of every assamese staying outside Assam peaks during Bihu. Social media and television channels go abuzz with photographs and videos of how Bihu has been celebrated across the globe keeping all the traditional norms intact. Such annual endeavours renews the bond of every assamese with their roots, creates awareness of our traditions amongst the 2nd and 3rd generation assamese and also gives an opportunity to promote the culture amongst our non-assamese friends.

Through the concept of ‘Axomor Husori British-r Suburit’, we wanted to utilise our position of staying outside Assam and take Bihu one-step further. Similar to the way each one of us have grown up seeing the traditional Husori being performed in our front yards, we decided to take the Bihu Husori to a British household’s courtyard and also invite their neighbours to participate with us. A very special event targeted only for the British crowd in order to have a one to one connect with them, we took this opportunity to tell them about Assam, our traditions, our culture, about Assam as a tourism destination and finally tell them the essence of Bihu. By linking it up to door-to-door Carol singing during Christmas, a perfect analogy could be set which also helped the audience to connect well with the concept. The response was brilliant. As expected, they were impressed with our traditional attire, the drumbeats, the rhythmic movements, the food and basically everything about Bihu. While implementing this in the UK, we also shared a video highlighting the concept and circulated it in social media inviting assamese across the world to replicate this concept in their local areas. And what positive responses we got. The Assam Association, Delhi and the Assam Society of Bangalore – 2 very active and vibrant organisations immediately associated themselves with the concept and decided to take our dear ‘Husori’ to the localites of Delhi/NCR and Bangalore. Team Bangalore has in fact planned for a ‘Husori’ every weekend for the entire month of May and has named the initiative as ‘Axomor Husori Kannadiga-r Suburit’. In addition to this, Guwahati’s Jeevan Intiative came out to support us. Noted personalities from the cultural field like Dikshu, Garima Saikia Garg, Simanta Shekhar and Bornali Kalita also endorsed this initiative. One of the leading Television channel ‘Pratidin Time’ associated themselves with this initiative.

 

We are on a roll now and this is just the beginning. A Global cultural revolution has begun. We now plan to do this year on year – whether it’s in the local person’s courtyard or in any national / international cultural festival. And the idea is to promote Assam. The idea is to promote being Assamese. The idea is to popularise and create awareness of our rich traditions and culture. Lets join hands. Lets do this together. Lets renew our vows which Rasaraj Laxminath Bezbaruah gave us ‘Axom akou unnoti-r pothot Joi Aai Axom bol’.

Ering visits flood-hit areas

28 Sep 2015 - 8:49pm | HK Roy

Loksabha MP Ninong Ering carried out a whirlwind tour to lower Ramle Bango areas on Monday which have been ravaged by the recent flood.

At New Deka village, Ering attended a public meeting announced Rs 10 lakh for construction of Community Hall and Rs 6 lakh for two culverts. He also visited Nari, Telam and Name villages. At Name village he felt the place is being threatened by Depi river and gave sanction of fifteen lakhs for flood protection measures and immediate relief to the effected people.

In message at all places, MP Ering said that for a better future and to maintain the sanctity of nature it depends on us as to how we maintain the ecological balance and keep the earth safe for generations to come.

BPF to score 100%: Hagrama

10 Apr 2016 - 9:18am | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Bodoland Peoples Front(BPF) president Hagrama Mohilary,who is also BTC chief has been claimed of that his party is winning in all 13 contesting seats all over the BTAD region,besides the BJP-BPF-AGP alliance party is forming government at Dispur. 

Mohilary,on Saturday while addressing the reporters at a Press Conference held at BPF party office in Kokrajhar said that the campaigning to the second phase of Assam assembly election scheduled to be held on April 11 was concluded and his party leader,workers and well-wishers expressed their well-gesture of party strength and gaining mass supports among common citizens. 

 

'My BPF party is winning cent percent seats where party candidates are contesting in 13 constituencies. BJP led alliance party have been doing well intact among society as well across the state,so government formation in the state and Congress party would be rooted from government,because all sections of communities are supporting the BJP-BPF-AGP alliance party in both phases of the assembly polls', Mohilary said.