Alpana B. Sarangapani
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Fri Jun 29 10:51:48 EDT 2007
Didn't an NGO (I know this acronym now) conduct a survey recently and found out that majority in Assam do not want a sovereign Assam?
Or, are they going to keep wanting this until ULFA's supporters become the majority? You can also guess how that may even happen with the violent activities that are going on in Assam lately.
What are they trying to accomplish? Make things harder for those intelligent youths of Assam to go through that F1/H1B kind of tough and lengthy visa procedures just to procure a job in Bangalore, Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai or any other part in India, or to attend an IIT (or any other school) outside Assam?
“In order to make spiritual progress you must be patient like a tree and humble like a blade of grass”
Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2007 08:34:22 -0500To: chittaranjanpathak at yahoo.com; assam at assamnet.orgFrom: cmahanta at charter.netSubject: [Assam] Plebiscite
I missed out addressing another important point here.
I find it quite amazing that otherwise bright individuals would wave the flag of democratic values all over, only to run for the tall-grass to hide from the idea of a plebiscite to prove what they assert : That there is no support for sovereignty among the people of Assam.
Are they credible?
You tell us.
At 9:22 PM -0700 6/28/07, chittaranjan pathak wrote:
I remember seeing a cartoon in Prantik, may be some twenty five years back (during Assam agitation) on Kaziranga. It was something like this. There was a barricaded area and a sign board saying “Kaziranga National Park for protecting last of the Assamese people”. In side the barricade there were no rhinos but there was an Assamese family-the gamusa wearing kaami haar uluwa male member was doing some baah bettor kaam. And the whole barricaded area was surrounded by numerous people wearing lungi and sporting beard looking curiously at the exhibits.
Mahanta da something on what you said
India not entertaining the idea of plebiscite-I think it is not the result of plebiscite, Mahanta da, but the PREMISE. Even a child can understand it. Tell me if there a historical basis for asking for a plebiscite when Assamese whole heartedly supported becoming part of India in 1947. Another option was Pakistan or an independent country like Bhutan. But did any of the Assamese leaders mention an independent Assam at that time? Was there a murmur of protest like that in Hyderabad or Junagarh or Kashmir due to merger with India? Historically I think states like Goa, Sikkim or princely states of Manipur or Tripura or Cooch Behar district can lay claim to a plebiscite. But not Assam, as it was part of British India for more than 100 years and chose to become part of independent India just like Bengal, Bihar, Orissa. If you would still like to find a historical perspective (harping on this fallacy that Assam was never part of India), should it be ULFA asking for a plebiscite on this 78000 sq of land mass or should it be the descendants of Ahum roja for those few upper Assam districts, Jamidars of Bijni, Gauripur for undivided Goalpara, descendents of Kachari king for NC hills, descendents of Chutiya kings ousted by Ahums, present and still living Tiwa roja for western Naogaon and parts of Karbi Anglong?
Believe me –the mode Assam is in today-that of reinventing its diverse ethnicity and past-all these descendents will appear from nowhere. I am not a student of history. Correct me if anywhere I have gone wrong.
But Mahanta da if you think plebiscite is needed because there is a DISPUTE and the party asking for plebiscite has promised that it will abide by the rules, then tell me Mahanta da, should GOI hold plebiscite in Maharashtra also in 2008 just because ONE single person is asking for it and he happens to have Indian President Pratibha Patil’s grandson as hostage.
To make things simple for you-
First-please educate us if there is any historical basis to this demand for plebiscite?
Second-if a plebiscite is needed because ULFA is asking for it, should India not give this luxury of options to all the downtrodden and more so to states like Mizoram, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, and all the 540+erstwhile princely states?
Third-For Assam should it be single choice (India vs. Independent Assam) or multiple choice questions (India vs Independent Assam/Dimaraji/Bodoland/and numerous other lands which will spring up during the plebiscite like those numerous political parties which surface during elections). I hope you can give a answer to this third question to prove that you have done your homework on this plebiscite issue.
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