GUWAHATI, March 30 – Veteran journalist and president of Guwahati Senior Citizens’ Association (GSCA), DN Chakravartty criticised the stand taken by the All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) in respect of the definition of the Assamese community and observed that the “temerity and effrontery exhibited by the minority students body was not only provocative but was also dangerous” as their statements might give rise to communal frenzy, leading to grave consequences.
Chakravartty said that the AAMSU which had its origin as the antidote of the Assam agitation for expulsion of Bangladeshi immigrants had now arrogated to itself the unconstitutional power to define the status and identity of the Assamese community to the advantage of the East Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants.
Chakravartty said that although the Assamese people would not deny the East Bengal immigrants the status of Indian citizenship, yet no patriotic and responsible Assamese would allow East Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants to secure unlawfully the status of Assamese community only to grab constitutional privileges guaranteed to a weaker community like the Assamese to stand against the inroads of enormous migration of foreigners across the international border.
Chakravartty appealed to the Assamese leadership to visualize the dangerous signals awaiting them and appealed to them to stand united and to frustrate the aggressive designs of Bangladeshis of all denominations. He described the threats posed by the AAMSU that Assam would be broken into pieces if its demands were not fulfilled as “not only provocative but dangerous for maintenance of communal amity in the State.”
Chakravartty said that for the safety of the Assamese community it would be worthwhile to allow the entire Barak Valley to secede from Assam, and if necessary, “allow those portions of Dhubri district having 90 per cent population of Bengali-speaking Muslim origin.”