CORCOM, ULFA-I boycott Independence Day
General strike imposed in entire northeast
IMPHAL| Aug 10
The umbrella organisation CorCom and ULFA- I stated that 73rd Independence Day Celebrations of India will be boycotted by imposing a general strike in the entire northeast region starting from 1:30 am to 6:30 pm of August 15.
A joint release issued by Co-ordination Committee (CorCom) and United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) said the fraternal revolutionary organisations of CorCom and ULFA-I extend revolutionary salute to all who had been resisting “the colonial occupation by India of all the indigenous peoples of the Western South East Asia (WESEA) Region.”
“This year also, we appeal to all the peoples of our region to boycott India’s Independence Day and observe General Strike on 15 August,” it said. For those undertaking the struggle for self-determination, the celebration of the Indian Independence Day on August 15 holds no meaning, it said. Just as India became Independent after more than 100 years of British colonial rule on the August 15, the northeast region on the night of August 14 and early August 15 secured their freedom, it added.
Just as soon as the British left the region, the Indian Imperialists rapidly utilised forces and treachery to colonise many regions which became free on August 15, it alleged. After forcibly integrating these regions, all the democratic institutions were abolished and the indigenous people were made to become dependent on India, it stated. All the indigenous customary laws for self-governance were torn into shreds and the Indian central will was enforced on these sons of the soil, it maintained.
The release further stated that by controlling the indigenous economies of the indigenous peoples, the northeast region has become a captive market. All the indigenous products of the region and their resources has been exploited and made dependent of Indian capital, and these colonised regions had been incapacitated to devise means for self-reliance, it alleged. The peoples have been made to feel that if Indian support is not there, they cannot thrive on their own, it said.
In order to perpetuate this organised looting of the economic resources by the capitalist, more military personnel had been sent to suppress the people of these regions, it further said. At the same time, they are also developing a comprador class of indigenous bourgeoisie to enhance these activities, it added.
After taking over the virgin lands of the northeast, the Indian state had been sending in hordes and hordes of non-indigenous over populous communities to swarm over the fragile indigenous population, it further said. Efforts to destroy the racial purity of the indigenous populations through wilful miscegenation practices are also encouraged, it added.
Conditions similar to Tripura are now all over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland undergoing the threat of non-indigenous excess population swarming all over the region, it said. After a long prevalence of a culture of dependence on India the northeast region is becoming forcibly a part of the Hindutva Empire, it added.
The recent control politically by BJP of the entire Indian geography has enhanced the Hindunisation process rapidly, it said. The Modi Government is bent on re-introducing the CAB-2016, thereby legitimising the Hindu religious majoritization of the northeast, it added.
To attempt to transform the indigenous cultures of ‘WESEA’ through the imposition of Hindu ways of life, and the popularisation of Hindi language and the population invasion of Hindi speaking Indians are still in process today, it said. These are sinister over all policies to suppress the distinctive indigenous cultural identities of the sons of the soil, it added.
India is waging a major war of racial discrimination over the indigenous populations of the northeast, it added. The RSS-BJP’s ideology of “one nation, one religion and one language” should be fought tooth and nail by the rising indigenous peoples, it further said.
“The educational curriculum to rapidly usher into oblivion the history, geography, the culture, traditions of the indigenous peoples and to familiarise the Indianisation process is to destroy our identities. It has been more than seventy years that the process is on. We all know that the Right to life of the indigenous peoples had been denied for long,” it added.
The draconian AFSPA is still there, it further said adding all the new laws hurriedly passed in the Parliament are meant to strengthen the fascistic power hungry state of Modi India. “We are now challenged to fight for our freedom with all our strength and determination to let the global community know the rise of fascism in the garb of parliamentary majoritarianism,” it added.
The Act East Policy is only a mask for India’s attempt to get a foothold in South East Asia, it alleged. Forcible exploitation of native resources without their consent, transformation of the region into a silent militarised fortress, the occupation of hills, plains and mountains with military camps, air force stations, missile launching sites and expansion of naval forces in Asia-Pacific Region, and complete transformation of the geography of the region with thousands and thousands of Indian occupation forces had changed the complexion of the Indian colonies in northeast, it said.
Recent outrageous events about scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian constitution and bifurcation of Jamu and Kashmir without the consent of the people of the state show India’s arrogance and blatant disregard of democratic principles, it further said .
Underhand dealings of shutting down the state machinery and house arrest of prominent leaders clearly portend the kind of dirty policies that would be applied to the people of the Northeast as well, it cautioned. Freedom from India’s colonial yoke is the only way to save ourselves from being swallowed by Hindustan, it added.
Essential services like flood relief works, medical, electricity, water supply, fire services, press, and religious ceremonies and practices shall remain outside the purview of the general strike, it added.
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