From Our Correspondent
Silchar, Oct 26: “South Asia comprises 7 countries which are home to myriads of ethnic identities and ethnic movements. Some groups have become most active. The insurgent group in galand, for instance, seems to have reached a plateau and seems to be working towards peace because they have gone through a process of violence for more than 50 years. Other new groups still want to pick up arms,” said Padmashree Patricia Mary Mukhim editor of Shillong Times while delivering her iugural address at the 2 day UGC sponsored tiol semir on ‘Conflicts, issues, and challenges in South Asia with special reference to North Eastern Region of India’ at Gurucharan College, Silchar on Thursday.
“All these groups have been trained from time to time by the tiol Socialist Council of galand - Isak-Muivah (NSCN – IM) which is today talking peace. It is difficult to comprehend whether such groups really need to go through a cycle of violence before talking about peace. Various conditions promote this competitiveness and conflict ethnic mobilization. The issue of the Rohingyas in Myanmar is a burning example. The UN Human Rights Council has reviewed the case that is an ongoing military campaign against the Rohingyas. It is but a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. We will also see this happening in the northeast region soon,” Patricia Mukhim added to say.
Prof Samir Kumar Das, former Vice-Chancellor, North Bengal University delivered the keynote address. Among others present at the iugural session included Dr Bibash Deb, principal, and Ashesh Bhattacharjee, vice-principal, of Gurucharan College, Swarupa Bhattacharjee, organizing secretary of the semir.