SHILLONG: The Khasi Student Union (KSU) has once again reiterate its stiff opposition to the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsees, Christians and Buddhists migrants from the countries of Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The KSU has stated that this statement is issued in response to the recent appeal by the Meghalaya High Court to the Prime Minister of India to grant instantaneous citizenship to the aforesaid groups once they seek refuge in India which the Union completely disagrees without taking into account all the aspects including the demographic structure of the North eastern states of India.
“Though the KSU is not against any humanitarian venture by the country yet it feels that prior to the implementation of any international humanitarian act, the humanitarian perspective of the microscopic indigenous communities of NE India should also be taken into account,” Donald V Thabah general secretary KSU central body said.
He said that as per knowledge, it is known that there are approximately 14 million Hindus in Bangladesh. In NE India, for example in Meghalaya, there are only more than 1 million ethnic Khasis which are currently facing the wrath of unabated influx from migrants belonging to other communities.
“In the capital city of Shillong itself, the indigenous Khasi population constitutes not more 50 percent compared to past statistics. Therefore if such a bill is passed or if immediate citizenship is issued to the said migrants then the indigenous communities of NE India are bound to be wiped out or depopulate by these migrants,” he said.
The KSU leader also said that if from the 14 million Bangladeshi Hindus, 3 million seeks or are granted Indian citizenship thereby settling in Meghalaya, then the 1 million Khasi populace will be reduced to a minority in a snap of a finger which in turn will lead to unimaginable discrimination of the tribal rights, customs and their political, economical and social rights which ultimately will result in their extinction and forced assimilation into the dominant communities.
The KSU therefore appeals to all sections of the society to oppose and reject the draconian Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which seeks to erase the diverse and unique communities of NE India.