Assam CM mitigates marginalisation fear of the indigenous communities
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has tried to eliminate the fear of marginalization which is conquering the various communities in the state. He assured that the government is determined to protect the language, culture and traditions of the Assamese people.
“Let me tell you that the state Government has resolved to protect the various languages, cultures and traditions of the ethnic communities of Assam. This government has pledged to strengthen the cohesiveness of the greater Assamese community. There is nothing to be scared about,” Sonowal had remarked on an occasion, National Unity Day.
While Sonowal did not mention about the proposed controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. ‘This Bill amends the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal migrants who are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parses and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, eligible for citizenship’.
‘Under this new Act, one of the requirements for citizenship by naturalisation is that the applicant must have resided in India during the last 12 months, and for 11 of the previous 14 years. The Bill relaxes this 11-year requirement to six years for persons belonging to the same six religions and three countries’.
‘The Bill makes illegal migrants eligible for citizenship on the basis of religion. This may violate Article 14 of the Constitution which guarantees the right to equality’.
Dr. Nagen Saikia eminent educationist and litterateur, who had addressed the same gathering earlier raised the issues of concrete fear among certain communities of Assam on the proposed citizenship bill.