From Our Special Correspondent
Silchar, Feb 22: The update of tiol Register of Citizens (NRC) is dubbed as a deeper conspiracy against Bengalis of Assam, opined different speakers at the Intertiol Language Day celebration by Barak Upatakya Banga Sahitya O Sanskriti Sammelan (BUBSOSS) at Karimganj on Wednesday. Though the update is being in process at the direction and supervision of Supreme Court of India, but in reality it is both the Centre and the State which are behind its implementation. The modalities, it has been pointed out, have been prepared at the very beginning by the State government which is at the root of the present disorder. The Supreme Court has never given any direction for dividing the applicants for NRC between Origil Inhabitant (OI) and Non Origil Inhabitant (NOI). Rather, the government has adopted a number of tactics in determining the citizenship of Bengalis and put them in great difficulty. It is at the pleasure of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) that attempts are being made to brand Bengalis as Bangladeshis. This is how Sabyasachi Roy, general secretary, BUBSOSS, Karimganj, expressed his views before the assembly while speaking about the significance of Intertiol Language Day.
Roy added to say there has been lot of misgivings and misunderstanding among the applicants who are also subjected to mental and physical harassment. The first draft has been published and the second phase continues with March 24, 1971 as cutoff date. The fil draft is expected by June 30. But, of concern is the repeated attempts by some groups to create hurdle in the publication of the fil draft by advocating to accept 1951 as the base year. This is also a part of larger conspiracy to divide Assam on linguistic and caste basis. Roy further pointed out a sense of fear continues to persist among people.
Quite agonizing is the directive of the NRC authorities to appear with all family members together at one appointed time at a centre for family tree verification. People are virtually confused and perplexed, said Sabyasachi Roy. The NRC authorities are making this particular process more complicated which is not desirable. Any attempt to block the enlistment of Bengalis in NRC will be resisted with all might, cautioned Sabyasachi Roy. BUBSOSS is keeping a close watch on the entire proceedings.
Human Rights Foundation, a wing of BUBSOSS, is ready to contest any anti Bengali move legally. Bengalis have to be united and if justice denied will have to hit the streets, he further articulated. Other speakers on the occasion were Dr. Sudhangshu Shekhar Dutta, former MLA, Sukhendu Shekhar Dutta, Pradip Deb among others reminded the assembly of the assurance to Barak Banga that there would be no discrimition on the basis of caste and creed. But, despite the Notification of the Centre to protect Bengali Hindu refugees, the state is serving notices and even sending them to detention camps.