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Letters to the Editor

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 March 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Tribal vs Non-tribal

The controversy in the BTAD over whether non-tribals can purchase or transfer land in that area is unnecessary because, as BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary has pointed out, the law is clear and it says that non-tribals living in the BTAD cannot do so. This safeguard, incorporated in the BTC Accord of 2003, is in place to secure the identity of the indigenous Bodo populace in the wake of the threat posed to them by influx, mainly from Bangladesh as I believe.

Whatever be the case, I have slightly different take on the matter. Flow of people from one region to another within the country is permitted by the law of the land. (I am not talking of illegal immigration from a foreign country.) It is such flow that adds to one's culture if the flowing side (migrants) and the receiving side (already settled population) follow a give-and-take policy and try to grow and prosper together, living in peace and amity, understanding and respecting each other's cultural ethos. For instance, if a non-Bodo, but an Indian first, wants to buy land in the BTAD today and wants to do some business there (which will contribute to the BTAD economy in one way or the other), I believe there is no reason why he should be banned from doing so. Mohilary is for such ban, and he cites the BTC Accord for his argument. But in this age of globalization, in which the whole world has become a global village, I think migration of people from one place to another legally and their settlement in new areas is a positive development.

My cousin is a radiologist settled in Cada. He is not a Cadian citizen. But he has bought a house there, and he lives happily in his own house with his gyecologist wife and two daughters who are studying there. He is a proud owner of a house in Cada. No one raises any eyebrows. Globalization is such. It is all about acceptance and the ability to grow together.

Ratul Bora,

Silpukhuri, Guwahati-3.

Gun-related Violence

Little wonder that more people are getting killed in the US from gun-related violence than due to any other causes, the latest being the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglus High School in Parkland, Florida which claimed 17 young lives. Beginning with the 1999 attack at Columbine School in Colorado, there have been scores of similar incidents. No doubt, guns had been used to assassite Presidents like Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy, but it did not deter Americans from possessing firearms and making access to them as easy as buying candy. Mass shootings in Las Vegas last year had evoked widespread horror and apathy to gun culture; still tragic had been the repeated incidents of killings in schools. The powerful tiol Rifles Association (NRA) has not only opposed any form of gun control, but also through political dotions the Republican Congressmen and Setors are in its deep pockets.

I would, therefore, like to request the Americans and the rest of the whole world to ponder over the matter on humanitarian grounds and take steps for control of gun culture in America.

Putul Sarma,

Bamgaon, Biswath Chariali.


Advantage Assam?

The Government of Assam organized a mega event, aptly med Advantage Assam, in Guwahati on February 3 and 4 showcasing Assam as an investment destition with investments in the tourism sector as a major attraction.

At the same time, the Jata Bhawan, the seat of power of the State Government, has fortified the walls surrounding the complex. These walls have some art pieces depicting various facets of life in Assam. However, the descriptions of at least some of the art pieces, specially in English, leaves much to be desired. In these art pieces, Elephant Safari is mentioned as "Elephant Suffery", Terracotta is mentioned as "Terakota", beetle-nut is mentioned as "battle nut", etc. The accompanying photo shows this.

Only some showpiece events cannot hide the ground realities.

This is an appeal to the authorities to correct the mistakes.

A Concerned Citizen,

Guwahati.

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