: Guwahati, March 31, 2011
With the Assam State elections just around the corner, the question that now grips every mind in Assam is who should and who would form the Government. Analyzing the various parties, we find that BJP does not at all deserve to form the Government in Assam.
Flash from History:
BJP was a major reason for the imposition of President’s rule in Assam, with L.K Advani being the main man behind the scene. During the period, situation in Jammu and Kashmir was far worse with its militancy paralyzing normal life of the state, yet Assam had to bear its deadliest period of history, probably after the reign of the Burmese during year of 1822 – 1826, because the actual mission of the president’s rule was not to tame the ULFA alone but to spread the imperialism of Hindutva and Hindi on the people of Assam, who had till then been known as secular and intolerant to the force of Hindi lobby of Delhi.
In 1990, the ULFA imposing a tax of 50 paise per kilogram of tea, accusing that tea wealth is being robbed off from the state, and its further notice to Tea planters to leave Assam was looked upon by Delhi as a threat, especially since the outfit grew to huge popularity during the period 1987 – 90. During this period the ULFA cadres had started working among the common people, – by building earthen dams to protect villages from the fury of floods, repairing damaged school buildings, by ploughing lands of peasants, by ensuring examinations were conducted fairly, by exposing corruption and prostitution etc. – it had built a very strong people base in Assam. The strong demands by most civil bodies as well as the State Government to solve amicably the ULFA issue forever through meaningful talks was ignored by Indian authorities and L.K Advani was the main culprit behind it. After assassination of Surendra Paul, a leading tea planter and brother of Lord Swaraj Paul, Advani demanded and forced the president’s rule in Assam as a part of the party’s notorious Hindutva Mission. In fact the Army Operation under the President’s rule in Assam was called Operation Bajrang, as though Hinduism was at war in Assam. Linguistic chauvinism also became visible during the rule, with army being brutal on the non-Hindi speaking civilians as majority of rural Assamese not understanding Hindi. (One can imagine the plight of a person, if a hundred armed soldiers aimed guns at you in the middle of the night and shot off questions in an alien language).
The innumerable rapes of young Assamese women (teenage daughters, wives, and pregnant women), killing of innocent youth as well as old and torture to the Assamese could have not happened if the President’s rule and Army Operation was not imposed on Assam then. The decades of bloodshed and violence due to the armed struggle of ULFA too would not have happened and Assam lived in peace had the issue been solved through talks right then, if only Advani and BJP had not tried to impose this.
In 1992, after the Babri Masjid demolition, when dirty communal violence broke out in India between the Hindus and the Muslims due to BJP’s notorious politics of coming to power for a Hindu Raj, Assam the place of Shankar- Azan fakir was relatively in peace although the organizations Bajrang and RSS did try to create communal disharmony. Had it not been the strong hold of ULFA those days, the dirty attempts would have indeed succeeded at some places. Case in point, the incident at Hojai where the Hindu-Muslim communal riot was stopped by the ULFA by displaying arms openly.
The BJP had realized it very well that till the time ULFA exists in Assam and maintains a stronghold; it would not succeed in a Hindu Raaj. As such during its power in the center, it put pressure on the Bhutan Government in 2003 to flush out the militants like ULFA, NDFB, etc. and destroy their camps from Bhutan jungles. But what was really surprising was that as a center of power, the BJP made even no attempts to bring the women or children from those camps of ULFA and NDFB. When the Indian Government can make policies to bring militants to the mainstream, the BJP government could have very well tried to bring the women and children safely, as they were too people of Assam, citizens of the same country. But this did not happen. Nor did they make any attempt to acknowledge the demands of the Assamese civil societies and human rights organizations to find and provide the whereabouts of the top five ULFA leaders who were reported missing after being captured by the army.
Some thoughts on the present:
The main agenda of BJP in this year’s election in Assam is the illegal migrant issue. It claims that it shall deport all Bangladeshis from Assam but provide citizenship to Hindu immigrants from Bangladesh. Here again, the party is creating a rift between the Hindus and the Muslims in an attempt to grab power! An illegal foreigner deserves to be deported not on basis of religion but on the basis of nationality. And most importantly, they are trying to fool Assam by claiming that only they can make Assam immigrant free. What the interesting observation here is that the border policy of India is in the hands of the center and not with State Government, as per Indian constitution. When BJP was in the center they did nothing to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border area, nor did they take any initiative to deport immigrants. It’s evident that this is just a false claim by BJP in hunger of power.
On the other hand, the BJP very well understands that it would not be easy to win elections with the strong hold of Congress and AGP in the masses. So to weaken AGP, they allied with them to weaken AGP and now trying to divert the leaders of regionalism accolades into nationalism, for example Sarbananda Sonowal. If BJP comes to power, no matter with what slogan or with names of which regional leader or Asian Top entrepreneur, the rules of the game would be the same, – destruction of the present Assam and creating a religion and communally parted state, which it can rule as Hindu Raaj forever.