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Taking Care of Clause 6

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  28 Dec 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Of late, there has been quite some concern about the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. Clause 6 of the Accord comes under the sub-heading “Safeguards and Economic Development”. This is what it says: “Constitutiol, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people.” This is a task cut out for the Assamese people, with the Centre merely having the limited responsibility of ensuring that no organization or individual launches any initiatives to undo or take away such safeguards. The responsibility of protecting, preserving and promoting the cultural, social and linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people is clearly a task that the Assamese people should take upon themselves with a sense of pride without expecting any other agencies or the Centre to do anything in this regard. There should really be no need for the Union Home Minister to declare that Clause 6 of the Assam Accord would be fully implemented. And we might be better off starting with our linguistic identity and heritage. There should be greater efforts to use the Assamese language more and more within the administration and to pass government orders in Assamese. Likewise, there should be far greater efforts made to ensure that laws and rules are in Assamese, so that the bulk of our population, not exposed to English, are familiar with the laws of the land. This will also ensure that there will be much less of lawbreaking once the people know and understand what the laws of the land are. Unfortutely, this is not happening. Most of our bureaucrats, uncomfortable without English, have thrown the dictates of good sense, ratiolity and the norms of efficient governce out of the window.

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