High time to question the non-mention of NE states in national anthem: AMSUIMPHAL | Jan 9
Time has come to question why the National Anthem of India has no mention of the north-eastern region, and it is also time for NE people to wake up, said general secretary of All Manipur Students Union (AMSU), Manjit Sarangthem.
Manjit, while addressing media persons at its office today, questioned the silence of the state government and other political parties when the leaders of different northeastern states have made their stands against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
He questioned why the state government has failed to make a stand for protection of the land and the people till now even after the passing of the Bill in Lok Sabha yesterday. He further said that passing the bill without the consent of the northeastern states is a black day for the region. This is the plan of Centre to dominate the NE region for their political benefits, he alleged.
Manjit, quoting union home minister Rajnath Singh’s address in the Lok Sabha that stated ‘CAB will be implemented in the entire country’, probed the stance of chief minister of Manipur, Biren which he had earlier expressed on May 21 that the CAB will be implemented only in Assam without affecting Manipur.
He further asserted that AMSU had constantly warned the possible impact of CAB in respect to culture, identity and customs of different communities in the northeastern region which NESO earlier staged a protest in front of Jantar Mantar, Delhi, and submitted a memorandum to the union Home minister against passing the bill.
“But the Joint Parliamentary Committee during their visit on May failed to take the consent of the civil societies and student bodies of the NE states regarding the bill for which the bill was forcibly passed in Lok Sabha yesterday” the general secretary of AMSU pointed out.
In the midst of demands for implementation of Inner Line Permit in the state, there is now another apprehension among people that indigenous communities of the region will be dominated by immigrants if the bill is converted into an act.
Manjit further stated that AMSU will support further course of actions initiated by NESO and there is a possibility that the people of northeast will boycott the upcoming Republic day.
While condemning the atrocity of the Tripura police meted out to students’ demonstrators yesterday, he also said that AMSU and the NE people together extend their solidarity with the indigenous people of Tripura.
Appreciating the support shown by different students association of the state, he also appealed the people of the state to support the anti-bill campaign taken up by AMSU and NESO.
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