22 June, 2021

Rights Diary

Journalist Makepeace Sitlhou asks when it comes to the North East, whose rights is it anyway?

Illustration by Saahil
Rights Diary
Act of Desperation

Days before the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown was announced, I was sitting in the living room of a young businessman in Assam’s Dibrugarh district. He and his friend, both in their twenties, had just been released from the central jail, having spent more than two months in jail for participating in the mass agitation in Assam’s Brahmaputra valley against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The new law is seen as a massive betrayal by the natives of Assam. More so given the fact that they had enthusiastically voted the BJP to power in the state for the first time, on the premise that the party will finally resolve the issue of illegal migration that has been festering for decades.

Though the mass protests appeared to unite all those opposed to CAA, the cracks were visible. While still opposed to the infiltration of ‘illegal’ immigrants to their land, time in detention had broken the spirits of...

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