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Demonisation of Assamese society at global level slammed
Staff Reporter

Representatives of various organisations taking part in the round-table conference on ‘Assam after NRC’, in Guwahati on Sunday. – UB Photos
 GUWAHATI, Aug 25 - A round-table conference jointly organised on Sunday by the Asam Sahitya Sabha, Nanda Talukdar Foundation and Studio Nilima to discuss the situation in the state after the NRC, condemned the efforts to demonise the Assamese society at the international level.

A number of prominent citizens gathered to discuss the NRC and its aftermath at the Bhagawati Prasad Barua Bhawan in Guwahati, appealed to people to maintain calm and harmony and help the authorities maintain law and order.

The organisers stated that the round table took serious note that there has been a concerted attempt at the international level to demonise the Assamese society as “xenophobic” with regard to the NRC process, which was both wrong and false.

“The round table urged the international media to give a clear and balanced perspective and requested the civil society to scale up its engagement with the international media to give the right perspective about Assam and its complexities,” stated a communique from the organisers.

The event – titled “A Round Table – Assam After NRC: A Quest for Knowledge” – was moderated by senior advocate Nilay Dutta and was attended by Advocate General, Assam, Dr Ramesh Barpatragohain, Prof Udayon Misra, Hemen Das, HRA Choudhury, Prof Abdul Mannan, Sumanta Chaliha, Kamala Kanta Mushahary, Aman Wadud, Prasanta Rajguru, Pallab Bhattacharya, Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty, Mrinal Talukdar, Syed Mominul Auwal, AS Tapadar, Akhil Ranjan Dutta and Rajeev Bhattacharya among others.

Welcoming the groups coming forward to help the people not included in the NRC, the citizens urged the government to take a final decision on the Stateless people, who will be declared foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunals in the upcoming days, as they have the right to live with dignity as per the Constitution of India.

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