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India may break if BJP fails to rectify policies: Dr Nagen Saikia
Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 7 - Eminent writer Dr Nagen Saikia today expressed his apprehension that the country could break into pieces if the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government failed to rectify its policies.

Addressing newsmen at his residence here, the former Rajya Sabha MP and a well-known litterateur said that the country can expect to see the ray of hope only if the BJP mends itself. “Fascism always gives birth to extremism and this extremism has the potential to break any country into pieces,” he said.

Referring to the recent violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus, in which masked men caused injuries to some 36 students, Dr Saikia described it as an example and sign of the dawn of fascism. This is not at all a good sign for the country. “We live in a democratic and secular country. If such powers are encouraged in this country, the communal accord and demographic composition of the country will be shattered,” said Dr Saikia.

He further asked the ruling party not to conceive in their mind that since they are in power they could suppress the people. They must know that one wrong action could let loose another wrong action elsewhere. They must acknowledge and respect the people, their sentiments and listen to their concerns. In a democracy, people are the king and if the government ignores the people, it can no longer be the government of the people, he said.

On being described as abegik (emotional) on his protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, Dr Saikia said that first he is an Assamese and then an Indian. “My mouth will always utter ‘Jai Ai Asom’ first and then ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. The whole India is one country and we are the citizens of that country. For me Assam is my State, based on the character of language and culture. I can become emotional but this is no justification that I cannot speak for the cause of my community, its language and culture,” he retorted.

The noted writer also came down heavily on some of the BJP leaders for questioning his integrity and sincerity. He slammed MLA Bimal Borah of Tingkhong LAC, State BJP party spokespersons – Rupam Goswami and Subhas Dutta for trying to draw a parallel between the Citizenship Amendment Bill of 1987 and the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 (now CAA, 2019). “The BJP leaders are engaged in putting forth irrelevant and baseless arguments. Let them prove wherein it is mentioned in the CAB 1987 that the Hindus of Bangladesh and other countries will be given citizenship upto 2014 even if they did not have passport, visas or any documents of identity,|” said Dr Saikia.

The BJP leaders had questioned as to how Dr Saikia was opposing the present Citizenship Amendment Act when he had not opposed it when CAB was tabled in 1987 when he was a Rajya Sabha MP.

Dr Saikia also reiterated on floating a new political party. “If the present government is unable to serve the people, listen to the people and protect them, we ought to think of an alternate party, which can guarantee the safety of our language, our land, our culture and everything that is ours. I may not be physically fit at this old age to lead any party. But organisations must identify efficient people to lead the party. Let representatives be selected from all communities. Let there be a think tank and an advisory body to form a strong party with committed leaders. A comprehensive constitution of the new party may also be drafted for proper functioning. If we want anything good for our State and its people, we cannot expect others to do it for us. We must take up,” he said. Main accused of Habial firing Rohini Gogoi arrested.

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