By Our Correspondent
Guwahati, April 22
Expressing concern over creating sentiments with unhealthy debates and aggressive attacks over the organizations, which reportedly supported the Centre’s initiative to amend the citizenship laws at the Joint Parliamentary Committee hearing in New Delhi recently, the Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) insists on rational debates over the pertinent issue. The forum, in a statement issued to the media, claims that a section of Assamese intellectuals and civil society groups have tried their best to project the citizenship amendment bill 2016 in a bias perception as if the whole initiative is Assam centric. “Those biased individuals have made the hue and cry that once it turns into a law, millions of Bengali Hindu people from Bangladesh would be dumped into Assam and the practice will continue for decades. So whoever supports the initiative (s)he should be termed as Jatidrohi (read anti Assamese),” said the PPFA statement. They cleverly avoided the fact that those asylum seekers are not merely Bengali Hindus, but also a mix of Rajbongshi, Hajong, Jayantiya, Bishnupriya, Chakma, Garo, Khasi, Adivasi etc people. Moreover, all these people became the victims of Pakistan’s partition game plan and had to live in a foreign land, for the creation of which they were not at all responsible, added the statement. It also clarifies that the initiative is meant to allow citizenship
for those Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian, Jain and Parsi community refugees, who were persecuted because of their religions practices in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and had already taken shelter in India prior to 31 December 2014, and there is no provision to bring more Bangladeshi (or Pakistani and Afghan national) after the said date.
Endorsed by Rupam Barua, Nava Thakuria, Jagadindra Ray Choudhury, Pramod Kalita, Kishour Giri, Arup Koch, Anup Sarma, Dayal Krishna Nath, Azizur Rahman Saikia, Dhiraj Goswami, Upananda Kataki, Oken Jeet Sandham, Bidhayak Das, Anirban Choudhury, Ujjal Saikia, Rubee Das, Prarthana Hazarika, Rhituparna Das, Manjori Borkotoky, Sonit Kumar Goswami, Bijoy Sarma, Bikash Kumar Das, Rajib Chowdhury, Smriti Divya Barua, Namrata Datta, Bhaswati Sharma, Babita Sarma, Sewali Kalita,
Kuntala Chakrabarty, Sanjeeb Kalita, Bhuban Saikia, Anujata Talukdar, Pallabi Borah, Utpal Sarma, Pankaj Kr Borah, Simanta Sharma, Kaushik Chakraborty, Prasanta Chakraborty, Dhruva Saikia, Mridul Kr Chakrabarty, Navadeep Bharali, Kisor Sarma, Ghameswar Kalita, Mridul Kumar Handique, Manoj Khandelwal, Diganta Saharia, Mrinmoy Buragohain, Sandeep Sarma, Chandra Kumar Saikia, Mitali Ozah, Padmini Hazarika, Niren Barman, Brajajyoti Sarma, Sewali Sarma, Upasana Sarma, Rashmi
Sarma, Tarali Chakrabarty, Ajoy Hazarika, Parthaprodip Bora, Nirod Kr Haloi etc for the PPFA.