NGO investigation report into violence in Assam reveals injustice and brutality inflicted on villagers

The condition of deportees

The current situation of those evicted from the area remains precarious. They live in makeshift sheds made of tin, straw and bamboo, with poor sanitation, a lack of clean water supplies, a severe food shortage and no medical care. It has been reported that some NGOs and private organizations have obtained assistance in the form of food and have installed hand pumps for water, but given the enormity of the situation, such assistance can only amount to less. a drop in the ocean.

It is remarkable that our team did not find any trace of any government agency contacting these individuals to provide assistance in any form, further attesting to the deliberate and nefarious intention of the government to inflict the carnage to the population.

The underlying causes of obvious misery

Beyond the apparent misery of the people, we believe that the current misery is only a symptom of the much more deeply rooted reasons that have threatened the livelihoods of much of the population of Assam over the years. years and for which no systematic treatment and science policy has been developed by successive governments.

It is well known that the Brahmaputra River and its tributaries have eroded vast tracts of land in different parts of the state, resulting in forced voluntary internal migration of the state’s residents. This behavior of the Brahmaputra river generates an in-depth scientific study to delimit the causes of river erosion, its social, economic and political impact, and to find possible solutions. All of this should feed into the formulation of a scientifically based policy to bring relief to people who are negatively affected by this phenomenon.

However, in their obsession with self-interest, the state’s ruling classes totally failed to care about that end. As their ability to cope with the growing economic and social distress of the population as a result of neoliberal economic policies becomes increasingly restricted, they have no choice but to deepen the fault lines that prevail in Assamese society to advance their agenda.

It is this context that creates a confluence between the harsh socio-economic realities resulting from the phenomenon of river erosion and the communal agenda of the current RSS-BJP government in the state. It is for this reason that Bengali speaking Muslims must be constantly portrayed as foreigners, even though they have lived in Assam and contributed to its growth over the generations.

We are seeking to deepen the divisions not only between Hindus and Muslims, but also between Assamese-speaking and Bengali-speaking Muslims. However, it must be recognized that the river does not distinguish between people of different faiths. The problem that befell the Bengali-speaking Muslims could very well fall on other communities of other faiths, as is indeed evident in the form of an eviction notice served on Hindu families from the cult. Nath (deriving from the Gorakhnath cult in Gorakhpur of Uttar Pradesh) in the village of Kaitasiddhi near the Guwahati airport.

All the agricultural land in this village has already been taken over for the airport; However, after the airport was recently handed over to the Adani group, the government is now seeking to evict these villagers from their land, possibly to facilitate real estate development by the Adani group around the airport.

Given the circumstances, nothing could be more disastrous for the well-being of Assam and its people than pursuing such a dangerous parochialism seeking to differentiate one part of Assamese society from another.

There is no doubt that all measures must be taken to ensure that there is no further infiltration from anywhere in Assam which threatens its demographic makeup; however, it is time for the people of Assam to take a close look at the benefits Assam has reaped from the almost selective targeting of Bengali-speaking Muslims, even though the most basic problems of the people still remain unanswered.

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