Aren't these sick jokes that we have lands but no land rights, we have a king but no capital and we have a landed area but no territorial boundary? - Amri Karbi Development Council Chairman Indreswar Teron
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 11: Amri Karbi Development Council (AKDC) Chairman Indreswar Teron has blamed it on Dispur for what the Amri-Karbis are today - they have lands without land rights, an area without any boundary and a king without any capital.
Teron was speaking as a guest at a function organized at Srimanta Shankaradeva Kalakhetra at Panjabari in the city today by the Amri-Karbi Students' Union (AKSU) to felicitate meritorious students of the community who came out with flying colours in the HSLC and HS examitions this year. The function was chaired by AKSU president Hareswar Rohang. As many as 90 HSLC passed and 31 HS passed students were felicitated.
Terong said: "It's the neglect by Dispur that has made us half-tribal. Arn't these sick jokes that we have lands but no land rights, we have a king but no capital and we have a landed area but no territorial boundary? All these have happened only because of the neglect we have been meted out by Dispur."
"Dispur only gave us three E's - education, employment and economy - but not the most important land rights, and as such insecurity continues to haunt us. If we're to survive as a community, all need to come forward and do something for the well being of the community. I appeal to the student community to come forward for the community, but not at the cost of their studies. It's their study that can lead the community towards development. We lack top bureaucrats from our community, and it's only education that can make that happen," Teron said.
State Council of Educatiol Research and Training (SCERT) Director LN Sarma, who took part at the function as the chief guest, said: "A community has to develop itself to survive, and education is a must for development. The time span of the day (24 hours) is equal for all, but the difference lies in what amount of time we spend for useful purposes. We all need to be conscious of this reality."
AKDC executive member Ranumai Terongpi, Dimoria king Holi Singh Rohang and others were present at the function.