It’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that everyone in Assam and Northeast wants to get rid of in 2020. Prominent personalities who have excelled in their respective fields have expressed their views on this New Year.
On January 1, people from different walks of life gathered at Guwahati Club rotary and staged their protests against the CAA. “We are having a tough time. We are facing crisis for our identity and motherland. We want to clarify that this fight is not against any religion or against Bengalis. This is to protect our identity. I pray for a peaceful 2020 without the CAA,” said popular Assamese actress Barsha Rani Bishaya taking part in the protest.
Speaking to The News Mill, Mumbai-based Assamese actor, supermodel and entrepreneur Dipannita Sharma said that she is hopeful of winning the battle this year.
“With the current turmoil I hope 2020 brings in peace to Assam and we win the battle which we are so obviously fighting. I pray that the rest of the country see the Assamese point of view, empathize with us, and understand our struggles and why our fight is just a little different from the rest of the country. I hope we can stand together in these trying times, as Assamese Indians, for Assam, for Northeast, for India,” said Sharma.
The CAA protest is continuing across the region, especially in Assam. The CAA, which endorses citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from the neighbouring countries, has been vehemently opposed in the region which has already been plagued by infiltration.
Though the opposition of the CAA in the rest of the country is mostly because of the exclusion of Muslims and Tamils, here it’s different. People in Assam and Northeast states oppose the Act not because of the religious angle but for the fear of losing their culture, language and identity if migrants from Bangladesh – irrespective of any religion – are given citizenship.
Most of the organizations in Assam accept the cut off year of 1971 to identity illegal migrants. But the CAA’s cut off year is 2014.
Village Rockstars-famed Rima Das said that it’s time to think logically, instead of being carried away by the emotions. “Assam is rich in talent, culture, nature and resources. Every time the state takes a few steps forward, there’s some or the other political unrest that pulls us back. There are fights in every family, but that doesn’t mean we keep hurting each other and fall apart. It’s time to retrospect why time and again there is unrest in Assam. We should not history repeat itself. Instead of being carried away my emotion, we should think logically,” Rima told The News Mill.
She further added, “It’s our duty and responsibility to see that our future generations don’t see the dark days we have seen. In 2020 I see the people of Assam transcending the social and political turbulence and working together to create a favourable environment to flourish and grow. I see the innocence of youth conquering lofty egos. I see love conquering hatred.”