All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam expresses vehement resentment
The All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA) has expressed strong reaction and vehement resentment for not inviting President of India Droupadi Murmu to the inaugural event of new parliament building on Sunday.
LAKHIMPUR: The All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA) has expressed strong reaction and vehement resentment for not inviting President of India Droupadi Murmu to the inaugural event of new parliament building on Sunday.
In a press communique, the central committee of the organization said, “All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA), is deeply saddened and concerned about the negligence of the Cabinet in Centre, led by Prime Minister Modi, by not inviting Droupadi Murmu, the President of India, on the occasion of inauguration of new parliament building. The Constitution of India clearly states that, “There shall be a Parliament for the Union which shall consist of the President and two Houses to be known respectively as the Council of States and the House of the People.” (Chapter-II, Article-79). Parliament is not just a building but also the very symbol of democracy itself where the whole nation comes together to govern themselves through their elected representatives. The basic question we are stuck with is- ‘Was electing Her Excellency a political move on the first part and is Her Excellency being left out from the joyous occasion for being an Aboriginal Woman?”
In the same press communique, AASAA further said, “On Sunday, when the whole world was watching the beautiful parliament building being inaugurated, we are stuck with the words of Gomke Jaipal Sing Munda— “I take you all at your word that now we are going to start a new chapter, a new chapter of Independent India where there is equality of opportunity, where no one would be neglected.” (Constituent Assembly Debates, Official Report, 19th December, 1946). However, the absence of Her Excellency Droupadi Murmu, the President of India sent out a completely different message to the whole aboriginal society of the nation and the world.”
“We, AASAA, beg to differ with the happenings in the capital. Some things are always above petty politics and the Constitution of India is above all the politics and must be kept in such way. This is an insult not only to the First Citizen of India, the Supreme Commander of India’s Defense Forces, but also to the post and millions of aboriginals of the land,” the press communique added.