|Assamese Muslims seek due representation|
GUWAHATI, Dec 27 – The Khilonjia Musalman Jatiya Mahasabha, the largest organisation of the Assamese speaking Muslims, expressed concern at the gradual deprivation of the Assamese Muslims in respect of the various constitutional benefits, including legislative representation, educational and employment opportunities and urged upon the larger Assamese community not to ignore the legitimate claims of their weaker brethren in their common struggle, a press release said. The Mahasabha which held a largely attended function at Hatigaon on December 25 last to pay homage in memory of Al Haj Professor Bazlur Rahman Barua, a founder member of the Khilonjia Musalman Jatiya Mahasabha, urged upon the Government to provide proper representation to the Assamese speaking Muslims both in the Assembly and in the Parliament.
Addressing the meeting as the chief guest, D N Chakravarty, senior journalist, referred to the great contributions of the Assamese Muslims towards the growth and development of the great Assamese culture and literature. He also dwelt at length on the contributions of Prof BR Barua as a teacher, planner and social activities.
Prof Barua was known for his Catholicity of views, profound knowledge about Assamese Culture and as valiant fighter for the cause of the poor and the downtrodden.
The meeting held under the presidentship of Md Muhiuddin Ahmed was addressed by Prof Hiren Dutta, Md Azizur Rahman, Aminuddin Ahmed, Advocate Akdas Ali Mir, eminent writer Eli Ahmed and Abdul Zelil.
The eldest son of Prof Barua Sadikur Rahman Barua offered the vote of thanks. Rafiul Hussain Barua and Dr P Ahmed also spoke.