'Revelation of Facts'
My attention has been drawn to the news headline “AIUDF opposes citizenship to Bangla tiols” which was published in a reputed English daily on 28 February, 2015. The move is no doubt a laudable initiative taken by the AIUDF general secretary Mr. Hafiz Bashir Ahmed Kasimi, who said that his party has always opposed handing over of Assam’s land to Bangladesh or granting citizenship to Bangladeshi tiols. He called upon the Central Government not to insult the sentiments of the Assamese people.
In this connection I would like to ask Mr. Bashir Ahmed Kasimi that, if he is so sympathetic towards Assam, the Assamese people and their sentiments, what was the necessity of forming a new party like the AIUDF? Is it not against the sentiments of Assam and the Assamese people? Mr. Rasul Haq Bahadur, an ex-AUDF MLA from Dhubri, had made the demand for an “Autonomous Council” in Assam where minorities people are in majority. Is it not an attempt to hurt the Assamese people and their sentiments? Mr. Bashir, if you are so secular then why don’t you detect, deport or disenfranchise the illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants from Assam, particularly those with Huji affiliation?
The earlier deportation of Hindu Bengalis from Assam was no doubt an invitation to newcomers from neighboring Bangladesh or Pakistan to fill the vacuum so created. Assam is an apt example where the forced exit of Bengalis during the Assam movement and Biharis a few years ago, led to the creeping in of illegal Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants. There is no doubt that almost seven districts in Assam have Muslim immigrants in majority. Mr. Bashir, could you please elucidate the reasons behind it?
Mr. Bashir, for your information no Hindu Bengali will ever demand any “autonomous council” for them in Assam or anywhere in India wherever they are in majority. They only want citizenship in India for their survival and to live in peace as they are persecuted by erstwhile East Pakistan and now Bangladeshi Fundamentalists. Like you, Hindu Bengalis also love Assam and respect their Assamese brothers and sisters. Hindu Bengalis never hurt the Assamese brothers and sisters or they never argue with them unnecessarily. Rather, Bengalis respect them and in return they get respect from them too.
P C Saha,