Monday, 21 October 2013

10 North East parties form 2014 front

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              Few years ago, as I was strolling one evening off the Marina Beach of Chennai, I was stunned to meet a couple from Golaghat district for their “extraordinariness”. They were newly married, and in reply they told me that they are on their honeymoon. I repeat extraordinary because they not only talked in broken Bodo, but the lady was in her dokhona. It made me ashamed because I was with my sister who was one of the active members of the central AABWF. But I never talked to her about it later.
         It tinged me for a long time and I had a divided opinion on why some of us so adverse to our own culture and upbringing. It took not so longer to get the root causes behind when I made one of my friends who defined it in this way:
   “I start talking in Bodo whenever I meet people from other community, and if that man is a bit comfortable, I finish with my tongue.”
      It is what he had a love for his own upbringing. I have no idea how many non-Bodos use our language, but to be frank, in many parts of our Baksa district they communicate in the language that we use. Some of them are now using Bodo as their means of communication at their home. They even have got a full assimilation to the very fabrics of our community, and these are not by threat or condition but by and cultural exchange inter-marriages to some extent. This is what they love doing it.
     Recently, reliable reports tell about some youths from parts of Udalguri districts using scissors and blades to discipline the astray girls and boys for using offensive dresses. Though we can not estimate the wrath and reaction it brings on the victim and fans, examples are there to adhere to their own choices and never to marry a Bodo!!!
     Time has come to decide and take a constructive decision to reassess the reality, and it should be not to harness a donkey in dry fields. Parents and student bodies should to play a pivotal role for the upkeep and upbringing of children’s culture and tradition. Religious institutions’ role would make it more enhancing. Even implementing Bodo code of dress and assembly session in our language in schools and colleges will bring about a satisfying result.
     We have to re-organize the Bodo Cultural Afad on sound footing and with the sole aim of uplifting our culture and tradition. Contradictions if any should be avoided. The Bodos from the heartland of Bodoland should shoulder this role and show a model example. Will and heart should be put together for that.
     I wonder of that marginalized Bodo couple from Golaghat who put me on shame. They convey a message to love our culture and tradition. We owe a great to them with reverence. 

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10 North East parties form 2014 front

India Blooms News Service



Guwahati, Oct 20 (IBNS): Ahead of Lok Sabha polls next year, ten regional political parties of North East India formed a new political front in Guwahati on Sunday.


During a meeting held at Hotel Brahmaputra Ashoka in the capital city of Assam, organized by Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the regional parties of the region including Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), MUDP and HSDP of Meghalaya, MPP, MSCP and MDPF of Manipur, PPA of Arunachal Pradesh, IPFT of Tripura and MNF of Mizoram formed the North East Regional Political Front (NERPF).

Former Chief Minister of Assam and president of AGP Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said that, the representatives of the regional parties of the NE India had unanimously resolved to form the NERPF, with head quarters at Guwahati and with representation of all regional parties of the region.

“The front will work to safeguard territorial, cultural, political and economic rights of the people of the region and will continuously strive to protect the distinctive identities of the ethnic tribes and all the people of the region,” Mahanta said.

The representatives of the regional political parties constituted a committee of the NERPF.

"The front voices serious concern that the Government of India has not taken effective steps to stop infiltration of migrants from across the border and has not taken steps to detect illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators from the region.

"We call upon the Union government to immediately enter into a treaty with the Bangladesh government to deport all the infiltrators from the NE region,” Nagaland Chief Minister and Convenor of NERPF Neiphiu Rio said.

The meeting took several resolutions of the issues of the region including immediate scraping of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), actions of the China government to build massive dams in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra river, look east policy etc.

The NERPF also raised the issue of electronic voting machine (EVM) tampering.

“The EVM is not fool-proof and there are instances of tampering with the EVMs, particularly by the Congress party in various states. We demand that either the EVMs be abolished or they should be supported with paper slips in all elections,” Neiphiu Rio said.

On other hand, the newly form front demanded a comprehensive amendment of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution with devolution of powers to the states in all matters, excepting those pertaining to Defence, External relations, Currency and External Trade and asked for scraping of the concurrent list and to transfer all the subjects in the list to the state-list.

“We are concerned of the insurgency problem in the region. The government has handled the problems in an adhoc, half-hearted manner by dealing with one outfit at a time and has created a situation for other outfits to assume prominence and aggressively pursue their demands. So we urge the Union government to pursue a policy of wider consultation,” Rio said.

“The front is concerned that the Union government has started fencing in a part of Manipur-Myanmar international border without taking the people of Manipur into confidence and in the process, has given away large chunks of land to Myanmar.

"We urged the Union government to immediately make its plan public and to desist from giving Manipur land to Myanmar,” the convenor of NERPF said.

During the meeting, former Chief Minister of Punjab Surjit Singh Barnala had expressed his view of regional political parties power in the country.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)


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