25 October, 2020

Anger Is Brewing Against BJP In Assam

Assam is in a political flux after two recent exercises—the updated national register of citizens this summer and the citizenship amendment bill, which endorses non-Muslim minority immigrants from Bangladesh as Indian citizens.

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Anger Is Brewing Against BJP In Assam
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2018-11-10T12:06:36+05:30

Down a dirt road, a gang of gunmen herded five men to a river’s edge and ordered them to kneel down. It was around 8 pm on November 1 and the staccato report of automatics broke the nightly silence. The slain men were Hindu Bengali vegetable sellers. In about 30 minutes, leaflets denouncing the cold-blooded killings circulated in Tinsukia, an eastern Assam town with a sizeable number of Bengalis living and trading there since the British era. And several groups in Assam—some leaning right—declared a bandh. Isn’t it a bit too fast that somebody dashed to the remote spot where the bodies lay, informed a contact in Tinsukia, who then called a press (still open around then) and got the leaflets printed—all in 30 minutes? Did somebody know the sinister plot, then?

The motive begs a callout. Who gains from spilling the poor men’s blood? Were they just pawns in the political flux Assam is in after two recent exercises—the updated national register of citizens (NRC) this summer and the citizenship amendment bill, which endorses non-Muslim...

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