Silapathar and its repercussions
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to pen-down the pain I have been experiencing since March 6, 2017, on witnessing the Silapathar incidence. Some miscreants attacked the AASU office and annihilated the ‘swahid bedi’. Nothing can be more mournful than such a heinous crime. Assam is a multicultural place; it is the motherland of various communities. We all have been living in a peaceful atmosphere since ages.
But the Silapathar incident has brought the Assamese and the Bengalis at loggerheads. As a consequence, curfew was imposed in Dhemaji district. Miscreants set shops and houses on fire, wherein cows and goats were killed. What is the crime of such innocent animals? Poor people have been affected as business has come to a standstill. Small children are uble to go to schools for exams. What example are we setting for the children? What would they learn from such incidents? Peace has been consolidated. Everything has become stagnt. The spark of this incident has engulfed Rangia too. It is spreading fast. It should not be allowed to spread further.
Silapathar incident is shocking and heart-rending. The attack on AASU’s office by the miscreants has raised finger on the entire Bengali community. I highly condemn this attack , but, at the same time, I would like to ask, if for the crime perpetrated by a handful of Bengalis, is it right to hold the whole community responsible? I would like to request the Government to hold proper enquiry into the matter and bring the accused to justice.
Dr Sulekha Chakraborty Bhattacharya,