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Mediating peace with a flying disc: Ultimate frisbee in Assam

by JENNIFER LIANGChirang district, Assam In Assam, Bodos and Adivasis have lived in neighbouring villages for decades, with the Bodo villages being closer to the Bhutan border. The Adivasis are mostly wage labourers and have to cross the Bodo villages to… Continue Reading →

How the Baghjan Gas Leak Revealed the Ugly Nature of Extractive Presence in Assam

Source: The Economic Times Baghjan, Assam saw black clouds forced into the sky following a devastating gas well blowout. The 2020 Assam gas and oil leak, also referred to as the Baghjan gas leak, is a natural gas blowout that… Continue Reading →

Assam- Fertility rates and targeted birth control of Muslims

By- Vaidehi Gautam Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has been under the heat of criticism since the past week when he called for the states “immigrant muslim” population to practice birth control and family planning in order to prevent further… Continue Reading →

The Second Wave of Covid 19 : Widening the Gaps of Inequality As Seen in The Tea-Gardens of Assam

The Second Wave of Covid 19 : Widening the Gaps of Inequality As Seen in The Tea-Gardens of Assam June 8, 2021 by- Europa Doley* Image Source – Google Earlier this month, a picture of a woman hailing from a… Continue Reading →

PRESS RELEASE- Rengma Nagas in Assam vulnerable

PRESS RELEASE JUNE 27, 2014 DIPHU, KARBI ANGLONG, ASSAM   The Rengma Naga Students’ Union (RNSU), Karbi Anglong, Assam, recently visited the trouble torn areas of the Rengmas living in Karbi Anglong, to observe our 53rd Foundation Day on June 11, 2014, at Phentsero (Phancherop) Village under the Naga Rengma Mouza. We thank all individuals and organisations who supported us physically, morally and financially. However a number of issues have come to our attention, which need to be resolved at the earliest. The Rengma Nagas living in Assam started returning to their respective villages from March 2014 from the relief camps under Borpathar P.S. Nilip Block, where they were lodged since December, 2013, following attacks on them. The people were promised that the Govt. would provide ration, security and a normal life, based on which they went back home. Conversely, promises made based on demands made by Karbi and Naga civil bodies on January 14, 2014, have not been adhered to. First, however, we thank the Government of Assam for compensating the families of the six killed during the attacks—Rs. 3,00,000 per family. The Government also provided Rs. 22,800 and three bundles of CGI sheets to the families whose houses were burnt (barring two families in Borlangso) and properties damaged. The Government has sanctioned the construction of the PWD road from Bogamati to Richangari and from Chokihola block till Borlangso. As observed by us, the roads have not been properly constructed by the Contractors due to which basic amenities could not reach the affected areas, especially food and civil supplies, medical aid, house construction material etc. No primary health care units have been set up, badly affecting women and children. The doctor who accompanied us informed that many have contracted malaria, diarrhoea, jaundice, viral fevers, and a number of water borne diseases. Pregnant mothers are suffering. Children are going hungry and falling increasingly sick. This is a big threat to the Rengma population living in Assam. In search of food and shelter, a large population is going astray. While trying to survive the attack, people left their cattle, poultry, farming tools etc. behind and now there is nothing left with them this farming season to plough fields with. Granaries were burnt, and seeds have all been destroyed, particularly in Khowani, Chongilashunyu and Borlangso villages—the most affected. In the lack of farming tools, the upcoming years could pose a serious threat to the food security of the Rengma Nagas of Assam. The lower primary and ME schools are now occupied by State security forces, and schools have not been conducted in the past 6 months. Children, badly disturbed and affected by the violence, are unable to carry on with their education. Seriously viewing these circumstances, the RNSU makes the following demands that should be resolved by the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, Karbi Anglong district authorities, and the Government of Assam with immediate effect: Food and civil supplies to the violence affected Rengma people of Karbi Anglong for a year. Farming tools and seeds to be provided to the affected villagers by concerned government departments so people may begin cultivation within the ongoing agricultural season. Proper construction of PWD roads connecting the affected villages—no drains provided beside roads, no bridges have been constructed and sand graveling has not been done. A primary heath care unit to be set up in at least two areas—Jongpha and Phentsero (Phancherop). Provision of clean drinking water. State security forces to be moved out of school buildings, and be provided with separate camps. Infrastructure for provision of electricity to be set up—no electrification of Rengma villages in Karbi Anglong has been taken up till date. Mobile phone towers to be set up. While the RNSU looks forward to immediate Government action on these points, we appeal to all the Karbi civil bodies and human rights organisation of Karbi Anglong to initiate Karbi-Rengma peace talks during the month of July, 2014. The misunderstanding between the two tribes needs to be resolved at the earliest, restoring the bonds of brotherhood and peace. Without the support of the Karbi people and the other listed Sixth Schedule Tribes of Karbi Anglong, the Rengma people of Karbi Anglong will remain helpless onlookers to their plight and continue to remain vulnerable.     Phenpiga H. Rengma   Thangshi J. Rengma President, RNSU   General Secretary, RNSU Phenpiga H. Rengma President, RNSU # 91 943-592-2255

Communal Poll Rhetoric Takes Deadly Toll in Assam

Venomous communal election rhetoric, adding fuel to long-simmering ethnic and communal fires, has taken a terrible toll in Assam. Over 30 people, most of them Muslim women and children, were massacred in Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD). The BTAD… Continue Reading →

Tata Tea under scanner for poor living condition and coercion of workers in Assam

Author(s): Sayantan Bera Date:Feb 12, 2014 World Bank authorises enquiry after investing US $8 million in the global beverages company Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor, Tetley’s brand ambassador, at a promotional event in January this year (Photo:.tataglobalbeverages.com/) The World Bank, which invested… Continue Reading →

Memorandum to Governor of Assam – Recent Incidents of Targeted Violence in Karbi Anglong District

  A Memorandum to the Governor of Assam, His Excellency Shri. Janaki Ballabh Patnaik We are writing to you as a team that recently visited Karbi Anglong district to inquire into a series of targeted attacks and the retaliatory violence… Continue Reading →

PRESS RELEASE – New laws to protect women bring no hope to victims in Assam #Vaw

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AHRC-FST-003-2014 January 13, 2014 A Press Statement from Public Hearing on Sexual Violence organized by Women in Governance [WinG-India] , in Guwahati on January 8-9, 2014 forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)   Press statement… Continue Reading →

#India -Ten years on Assam Journalist who filed a Sexual Harassment complaint awaits justice #Vaw #WTFnews

To, The Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Manav Adhikar Bhawan Block-C, New Delhi – 110023 Dated: Guwahati, 22nd November 2003 Subject: Demanding Justice Dear Sir, With due respect, I would like to inform you that I am a working journalist based… Continue Reading →

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