[Assam] Bangladeshis -the flip side of the story
kjit.deka at gmail.com
Fri Aug 20 05:38:58 IST 2010
To stick to one's known and stay away from unknown is a human
instinctive trait which can be termed as " compartmentalisation".
There is no gainsaying the fact that ethnologically tribal people are
distinct from the people of the plains.At the same time one should not
think that hill people have much homogeneity and cohesion.A tribal
tends to think primarily in terms of his village or clan.Nor do the
tribes have common language.Sometimes the sub-tribes of the same tribe
also speak different languages.For inter-tribal contacts they have to
depend largely on Hindi or Assamese.As a result each tribe has
preserved its own pattern of social organisations and culture and each
tribe has its own laws and customs.The hill tribes,in fact,were
described in the past as " block of self-governing community"
If you think that the representatives( MPs OR MLAs) of the tribal
people can be dismissed off as " COMMISSION AGENTS", THEN WHY, ON
EARTH,MUST ANY ONE PUT THE BLAME ROUNDLY ON THE ASSAMESE FOR THOSE
WHEELERS AND DEALERS?
On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 2:15 AM, uttam borthakur
<uttamborthakur at yahoo.co.in> wrote:
>>>>>> There is a vacuous assumption of commonality among the people of the Northeastern states of India.What exactly does the average Assamese have in common with a Mizo,Naga or Arunachali?Very little.There is nothing that makes one feel kinship with other apart from the small matter of their sitting adjacent to each other.There are few cultural bonds between the various Northeastern states and the region does not share a common language or religious heritage,which can sometimes form
> the basis of cross national identity.
> XXXX That explains one of the factors for the fissiparous tendencies broached earlier. Imposition of one's language, culture, hegemony over people having no commonality. It creates grounds for disaffection and hinders assimilation. Today, there is a protest rally in Garo hills seeking a different state to be carved out of Meghalaya. Probably the Khasis are imposing themselves on the Garos there, though Garos surely have representation in the assembly. Representation in the assembly/ parliament does not mean a thing in India, which should be quite apparent by now, because they do not represent people, but are mostly commission agents (there are exceptions no doubt).
> By now, the news must have reached everyone (I posted a link a few days ago 'Revenge of Memories' in respect of Union Carbide/ Dow Chemicals culpability in Bhopal) that American Masters have directed their agents MMS/ Montek/ PC & Co. to go slow on Dow Chemicals; and in compliance the knaves, being pro-active than the masters, have already (before even being ordered ) desisted from prosecuting the case in the US soils to make the 'Polluter Pay". The Ministerial Committee has recommended cleaning up through tax payers money ( with mumbles about prosecuting the case vigorously which is lip-service as evident from action). Just contrast it with Obama throwing the book at BP!
> Ideas often are vested interest. Ram Da, do we need maturity in the democracy or doing away with a system that is tailor-made for commission agency ?
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