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Re: North East & Eastern Himalayan: News & Discussion

Postby darshan » 06 Jun 2019 07:26 ... -ownership

Meghalaya Government Defends Eviction Of Dalit Sikhs From Punjabi Lane After Claiming Ownership

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Postby Rony » 10 Dec 2019 20:00

Tribal communities across the North-East struggle to Maintain their Ethnic Identities

Most ethnic groups and tribal communities across the North-eastern region are currently undergoing a phase where they are struggling to protect their respective identities. Over 200 years ago, majority of the communities across the region had practiced various indigenous faiths, which mostly revolved around worship of Nature. Trees, rocks, rivers, thunder, rain, earth, animals — Nature was worshipped in various forms, each depicting or denoting a particular aspect or power of Nature. With the expansion of Hinduism in the remote past, as also when groups of people from mainland India started arriving in the region, it led to expansion of various Hindu sects, particularly to the Brahmaputra Valley. The Ahoms, for instance, had brought with them their own deities when they had arrived in Assam in the third decade of the thirteenth century.

But then, while they ruled over the larger portion of present-day Assam, hardly did they try to enforce their original faith upon the subjects. Instead, the Ahoms, who had first adopted and enriched the local Assamese language, later also adopted Hinduism, in the process getting Brahmin priests from Bengal and central India to run Hindu temples that they established and began patronizing. When Srimanta Sankaradeva propounded his ‘Ek-sarana naam-dharma’, he too did not enforce it on others, but adopted a rather democratic and open strategy which not only attracted Brahminical priests, but also people from other faiths. This way he also reduced the impact of typical Hindu casteism in the broader Assamese society. The Vaishnavite Satra institutions that were established following Sankaradeva’s teachings too adopted an open system, in which there was neither any compulsion on people to join them, nor any exclusion if one did not. Things however drastically began to change with the arrival of the Christian missionaries in the region, beginning with the American Baptist Mission within less than a decade of the annexation of Assam to British India.

The British did invite the evangelists to win over the ‘wild’ tribals with the message of the gospel and it took hardly one hundred years for most tribals of the region, barring those of Tripura and present-day Arunachal Pradesh, to owe allegiance to a new faith. Things have also begun to change rapidly in these two States in the past three or four decades, with a sizeable section of tribal communities abandoning their respective indigenous faiths and adopting a new religion. Different people cite different reasons behind the conversions — ranging from getting out of the clutches of superstitions to freeing oneself from lengthy and expensive rituals. Education and healthcare however are two aspects that have played a major role in communities almost en masse switching over to a new faith, while some have a point in stating that conversions have changed lives of people for good. It is however a matter of debate and examination whether people — individuals as well as communities — have adopted new faiths voluntarily, under certain compulsions, or under some kind of allurement.

Arunachal Pradesh had way back in 1978 enacted the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, which prohibits forcible conversion. The Act clearly said that “No person shall convert or attempt to convert, either directly or otherwise, any person from indigenous faith by use of force or by inducement or any fraudulent means, nor shall any person abet any such conversion”. Despite that however, the percentage of Christians among the tribal population of Arunachal Pradesh has risen from 13.6 percent in 1991 to 40.9 percent in 2011. Worried over the changing demography in the frontier State that shares over 1,000 km of international boundary with China, the present government in 2017 created an independent department to look after preservation, protection and promotion of the rich indigenous cultural heritage of the State.

As Chief Minister Pema Khandu had put it while announcing creation of the said department, the indigenous communities of the State were fast getting disconnected with their rich culture and languages due to globalization, exposure and external influences. While such issues have occasionally emanated from Majuli, the heart of Vaishnavite art, culture and faith, the movement for preservation of indigenous Khasi faith in Meghalaya from being ‘swamped’ by Western ideas has completed 120 years. While it is a fact that Christian missionaries had contributed immensely towards spread of education in the remote areas of the region where the government was practically invisible for long, it is also a fact that much of the rich cultural practices of the communities — as has been indirectly pointed out by Pema Khandu — are on the verge of being gradually wiped out, if not already so. The debate, however, can go on.

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Re: North East & Eastern Himalayan: News & Discussion

Postby UlanBatori » 11 Dec 2019 03:49

I am lost.
1. Where is the Myanmar Thread please?
2. Todin's Wall Street Yoorinal says that Indian Lower House passed a bill allowing NON-MUSLIM immigrants in Northeast to become Indian citjens, but not Muslims. Of course this is viewed by the desi-named sh1ts quoted there as "ripping the Secular Fabric of India" etc. Nowhere is the point being made that this is "discrimination" only between real, helpless refugees driven out of their land by the genocidal Islamists, and the genocidal Islamists themselves invading as economic "immigrants" after reducing their own land to a sh1thole.

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Postby UlanBatori » 11 Dec 2019 08:33

Ppl: I get the feeling of walking through PeeArefstan, and finding all the warriors asleep. The Citizenship Bill is a MAJOR event!

See report from ... ship-bill/

‘Guided by prejudices & biases’: India hits back at US after it threatened sanctions over citizenship bill
10 Dec, 2019 12:12 / Updated 13 hours ago

New Delhi slammed the US state-run religious freedom watchdog after it claimed that India’s new citizenship bill is discriminatory towards the country’s Muslims and threatened India with sanctions.

The criticism of the citizenship bill by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is “neither accurate nor warranted,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.

The position articulated by USCIRF is not surprising given its past record. It is, however, regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided only by its prejudices and biases on a matter on which it clearly has little knowledge.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, or CAB, was approved on Monday by the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament. The legislation simplifies the process of acquiring citizenship for Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis who have arrived from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh.

Attacking the bill, the USCIRF called it discriminatory because it “excludes” India’s Muslim community. The commission further stressed that the US government should consider sanctioning Indian top-ranking officials if the bill becomes law.

The legislation was also criticized by the opposition parties in India and sparked protests among Muslims.
Home Minister Amit Shah, however, said that the CAB is simply aimed at protecting persecuted people coming from countries where Muslims are the majority. He assured Muslims that the bill is not directed against them and they “have no reason to fear.”

The Ministry of External Affairs reiterated that “the CAB does not affect the existing avenues to all communities interested in seeking citizenship from doing so.”

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Postby UlanBatori » 11 Dec 2019 08:37

Despite a U-turn by its former ally Shiv Sena, and murmurs of dissent within its alliance partner JD(U), the government is all set to get the numbers required to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday.
The Bill, which was cleared by the Lok Sabha with a 311-80 margin at 12.02 am Tuesday, seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims who entered the country from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan until December 31, 2014.
Setting the stage for the next round, Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said his party would not back the Bill in the Rajya Sabha if its queries are not addressed by the government. The Sena has three MPs in the Upper House, which has a current strength of 240. Meanwhile, senior JD(U) leader Pavan K Varma echoed reservations expressed by his colleague Prashant Kishor over the Bill, and asked party president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to “reconsider” its position. But sources in Patna said the JD(U) is unlikely to change its stance in the Rajya Sabha where it has six MPs.
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While government sources said they were confident of getting the Bill through, Opposition members said they would “make them bleed” with the TMC alone planning to move 20 amendments.
With the BJP’s 83 MPs and those of its allies, such as JD(U) and SAD (3) and others — regional parties such as AIADMK (11), BJD (7) and YSR Congress (2) are favourably inclined — the government is eyeing at least 128 votes in its support, without the Sena. This calculation leaves the Opposition, including Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, SP, Left parties and others — the TRS voted against the Bill in Lok Sabha — with 112 votes.
In Mumbai, Sena sources said that Thackeray had to clarify the party’s new position on the Bill after its 18 MPs in the Lok Sabha did not follow his instructions to walk out during voting Monday.
A Sena leader said that two-three senior party MPs were not present when discussions on the Bill were taking place. “So, the message could not be communicated to other party MPs. When they returned, they did not get a chance to raise their points and the Bill was put up for voting,” the leader said.

Numbers favour govt in RS

The Shiv Sena’s U-turn reflects the new political alignment in Maharashtra and the JD(U) is trying to strike a balance with Bihar going to polls next year. But the government is eyeing at least 128 votes in the 240-member RS to push the CAB through.
“Uddhav has given a dressing down to two senior MPs for causing embarrassment to him and to the party,” he said. Thackeray said the party had asked the government “many questions” on the Bill. “Those questions, we thought, would be answered, ranging from national security to rights of locals in various states. If these queries are not answered, we won’t support the CAB in Rajya Sabha,” he said.
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“There’s a perception that whoever votes with the central government is a patriot and who votes against is anti-national. We must get out of that illusion,” he said.
A Sena leader said the party had suggested to the central government that voting rights should not be given to “infiltrators” for the next 25 years “to avoid votebank politics”.
Also read | The legal question: Opposition argues CAB would fall foul of Constitution
In Patna, JD(U) sources said that despite the dissenting voices, Nitish Kumar is unlikely to take action against Varma and Kishor. Sources said the dissent “might be a tactical move” to gauge the mood among the JD(U) votebase on a Bill that has been described by Opposition parties as “divisive” and “communal”.
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Varma, a former Rajya Sabha MP, tweeted: “I urge Shri Nitish Kumar to reconsider support to the #CAB in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill is unconstitutional, discriminatory, and against the unity and harmony of the country, apart from being against the secular principles of the JDU. Gandhiji would have strongly disapproved it.”
On Monday night, Kishor had tweeted: “Disappointed to see JDU supporting #CAB that discriminates right of citizenship on the basis of religion. It’s incongruous with the party’s constitution that carries the word secular thrice on the very first page and the leadership that is supposedly guided by Gandhian ideals.”
The JD(U)’s official spokesperson, however, refrained from taking a position on these remarks. “Whatever our MP Rajiv Ranjan Singh said in the Lok Sabha is our official stand,” said Neeraj Kumar. Singh had echoed Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s remarks that CAB would pose “no threat to minorities in India”.
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Re: North East & Eastern Himalayan: News & Discussion

Postby nvishal » 13 Dec 2019 09:29

Autonomy articles from Nagaland, Mizoram and others in north east are set to be scrapped in a phased manner.

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Postby Ardeshir » 14 Dec 2019 00:36

Any insight on why the Assamese are agitating against the CAB? My social media is full of SJW Assamese, who claim that Assamese are inherently secular don't buy into a 'Hindu identity', hence the protests. What's really the issue though? Is it some kind of fear about Bengali speaking Hindus from BD crowding them out?

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Postby Philip » 14 Dec 2019 20:55

Since Independence there's been a steady trickle of Bengalis from former E.Pak into India.The trickle became a tsunami before the '71 war. Lakhs of immigrants have entered into India even after '71 and the creation of B'Desh. Corrupt border guards and police in W.Bengal and politicos of all tribes, make crores upon crores each day through illegal cross-border activities that include gold smuggling, human trafficking ,fake currency courtesy the ISI through its cells in BD , and cattle trafficking too. Many BD citizens with good situations in BD cross over, get Indian cards, etc. thanks to corrupt officials , and conduct their biz activities on both sides travelling to and fro with proper legal documents! I was party to a conversation in the SC some months ago with a v.high placed GOI rep. along with a politico where the issue entered the conversation and what line the GOI should adopt. Sev. ideas were discussed.

The CAB bill passed ( it has its pros and cons) is of a different nature and has unfortunately set the N-E alight as Assamese and others feel that they will be swamped by the immigrants once given citizenship and voting rights. To my mind, an own goal for the govt. You cannot churn the entire country with around 30 different states, dozens of languages and varied culture into one huge melting pot producing just one type of Indian under the diktat of one official language, Hindi. It will destroy the unity that binds the country together and increase separatist tendencies especially in south India.Why Tamil Hindu refugees who fled from Sri Lankan state pogroms and massacres have not been included in the bill is a mystery.To Tamil parties it is another insult to their people,lingo and culture. Why have no Christian refugees from Pak not been included? The Muslims have been excluded too in toto, to deep anguish amongst Indian Muslims.

The sad situ of the Indian army being sent to quell the riots indicates the gravity of the situ .Several have been shot sayeth the media, also gagged not to report or show clips on tv. We now have trouble on both wings of the country, Kashmir and the N-East.A disaster.We cannot forever enforce a military clampdown on our citizens in both regions. The visit of the Japanese PM and BD ministers have also been cancelled, adding yet another international dimension to the issue. The UN has just criticised it too giving a convenient handle for anti-Indian entities to attack India . Several other states, non BJP say that they will not implement the bill and the SC will be kept busy with petitions agsinst the bill. Very tough times ahead for the nation.

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Postby nvishal » 16 Dec 2019 21:43

Ardeshir, the Bengali Hindus have different language, culture, food habits and social customs compared to the many hindu/animist ethnic groups in Assam and tripura. The Bengali's first flooded the state of Tripura and completely overthrew the local tripuri dominance. The same will happen with Assam if this Bengali population is not evicted to the state of west Bengal.

The NRC is meant to cement an ethno-lingual group(for eg the Gujarati's) as the rightful heirs of their home state - Gujarat. Or the marathis to Maharashtra. Many Bengali Hindus were left out of the assam NRC list because of this very reason but many people have still not understood the purpose of NRC yet. It aims as securing the identity of a state to its own people. When NRC gets going in Karnataka, many non-kannadiga/tulu Hindus are going to be left out and that's going to create another round of controversy.

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Postby Vips » 10 Jan 2020 05:08

CCEA approves Rs5,559-cr capital grant for North East gas grid.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday approved a Rs5,559-crore capital grant as viability gap funding to Indradhanush Gas Grid Limited for setting up the North East Natural Gas Pipeline Grid.

The viability gap funding will meet 60 per cent of the estimated cost of Rs9,265 crore (Including interest during construction) of the project. The quantum of VGF would be capped at 60 per cent of estimated project cost and would not be linked with upward capital cost variation, says a CCEA release.

Ministry of petroleum and natural gas will identify milestones for major activities for this project and link the same for releases of capital grant of the project. For effective monitoring of the project implementation, a committee comprising of officials from ministry of petroleum and natural gas, Department of Expenditure, ministry of development of north east region, ministry of environment, forest and climate change, and department of fertilizers, may be formed. The committee would periodically review the progress in implementation of the project and take steps to smoothen out any issues in execution.

The gas pipeline will have a total length of 1,656 km spanning the eight states of the North-Eastern region, ie, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.

The capital grant will provide natural gas supplies to various types of consumers, viz, industrial, PNG (domestic), CNG (transport) etc and would immensely help in substituting liquid fuels. The pipeline grid would ensure reliability and uninterrupted natural gas supplies to the consumers which otherwise gets severely affected due to various reasons in this part of the country.

Availability of natural gas across the region is expected to boost industrial growth without impacting the environment and would offer better quality of life to the people in general due to use of cleaner and green fuel. Besides, the gas grid will have socio-economic and environmental benefits like:
Development of industrial climate in the eight states of the north-eastern region;
Reduction in the usage of kerosene, wood etc due to increased usage of environment friendly fuel thereby improving the environment in the region; and
Improvement in the standard of living of peoples living in the region.

Besides, the gas grid will boost exploration and production activities and connect regional gas sources with pipeline network for early monetisation of natural resources in the region. It will also open up possibility of installing bottling plants for LPG, besides the supply of LPG and other value added products in the region, which will bring energy security to the people in the area.

Indradhanush Gas Grid Ltd (IGGL) is a joint venture company of five central public sector enterprises, namely IndianOil, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, GAIL, Oil India and Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. The joint venture was incorporated in August 2018 to develop and operate a natural gas pipeline grid in the North East.

“The Capital Grant will provide natural gas supplies to various types of consumers, including Industrial, PNG (Domestic), and CNG (Transport), among others, and would help in substituting liquid fuels. The pipeline grid would ensure reliable and uninterrupted natural gas supplies to consumers who are otherwise severely affected due to various reasons in this part of the country,” the release stated.

“The possibility of installing bottling plants for LPG can be explored to reduce transportation costs. Uninterrupted supply of LPG and other value-added products can be ensured in the region, which will bring energy security to the people in the area,” the release added.

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Postby nvishal » 18 Jan 2020 12:55

An agreement has been signed between the central and tripura govt to settle the Bru people in tripura with all rights. This is in line with the constitutional changes(371) expected to be passed for some north east states soon.

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Postby Manish_P » 02 Feb 2020 14:36

1,615 NDFB cadres surrender arms, ammunition in Assam

After peace pact, 1,615 NDFB cadres surrender arms, ammunition in Assam NDFB on Thursday surrendered their arms and ammunition before Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Over 4,800 weapons, including AK rifles, light-machine guns and sten guns were laid down by the NDFB members

The government on Monday had signed an accord with the NDFB and two other outfits, providing political and economic benefits without acceding to the demand for a separate state or Union Territory with an aim to bring permanent peace in the Bodo-dominated areas in Assam.

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Postby James » 22 Apr 2020 18:20

Pls see the video in this tweet. On the T-shirt is mentioned “Ura Uvie Our land is ours” Does this have Naga separatist connotations? ... 8963615746

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Postby Varoon Shekhar » 22 Apr 2020 19:02

nvishal wrote: When NRC gets going in Karnataka, many non-kannadiga/tulu Hindus are going to be left out and that's going to create another round of controversy.

This is puzzling, if true. Why would legitimate citizens be left out of anything, even if there is a desire to affirm the character of a particular state. There are south Indians in Kolkata, Bengalis in Bangalore, UPites in Maharashtra, Marathis in Punjab, Gujuratis in Orissa, and so on.. If they are Indian citizens, why should they be left out?

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Re: North East & Eastern Himalayan: News & Discussion

Postby nvishal » 24 Apr 2020 11:53


The Indian republic is a union, of distinct ethno-lingual cultures. The subcontinent has a history of interculture warfare and conspiracies to usurp land and territories of each other. The NRC is meant to secure the future of the federal castes. The CAA is meant to secure the future of indic cultures.

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Postby nachiket » 24 Apr 2020 20:52

nvishal wrote:The NRC is meant to secure the future of the federal castes.

What does that even mean? There is enough misinformation going around about NRC without bringing caste into the picture.

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Seems AD works very quietly and goes unnoticed (True to his profession of being a spy in his previous avatar)

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