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AAGSU demands autonomous Council
GUWAHATI, FEB 4 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 5 Feb. 2011 12:48 AM IST
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The memorandum was submitted through a ‘Sit in Demonstration’ programme held at Dispur Last Gate, Guwahati. The memorandum asked for the long standing demands and grievances of Gorkha populace of Assam. Since its inception on 26th Day of December in 1976 the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union (AAGSU) has been raising voices for constitutional rights of Gorkha youths and students in particular and indigenous Gorkha populace in general. AAGSU has a history of peaceful sit in demonstration, rallies, hunger strikes and mass gathering on several occasion as part of democratic movement for airing our voices authorities concern in Dispur and New Delhi.
Till date AAGSU has got negligible response from the government. The basic demand of AAGSU is the formation of Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) on satellite basis within the geographical entity of Assam.
It says that even after 63 years of independence the Gorkhas whose ancestors have been an integral part of the freedom struggle of India have not been met with their rightful demands. It underling the sacrifices of Amar Saheed Major Durga Malla, Captain Dal Bahadur Giri and several others. Late Chabilal Upadhyay was one of the founder of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee, Dalbeer Singh Lohar, Bhakta Bahadur Pradhan and Prashad Singh Subba are few amongst the Gorkhas who lead the freedom struggle movement in Assam. Late Ari Bahadur Gurung another Gorkha stalwart and barrister in 1949 was a member of Drafting Committee for the Constitution of Republic of India and have signed the approved copy of ‘Constitution of India’ that came into effect on 26th Jan 1950.
The memorandum laments that the brave, loyal and gentle Gorkha community have always been deprived its genuine constitutional rights since independence and today their plights are even more miserable than that of the pre-independence era. Recent mass killings and attacks on the Gorkhas by banned militant outfits specially the NDFB, extortion demands served by the militant groups clearly indicates that Gorkhas of Assam in particular and North East at large are vulnerable and insecured.
AAGSU members demonstrates in ‘Sit in Demonstration’ at Dispur Lastgate in Guwahati. AAGSU members demonstrates in ‘Sit in Demonstration’ at Dispur Lastgate in Guwahati
Gorkhas are labelled ‘illegal foreigners’,’ displaced people’, ‘infiltrators’ , ‘unethnic’, ‘non local’ and other anti national terminologies. They are deprived of even minimum basic human rights thereby creating a perpetual sense of fear and insecurity. In late 1980s a situation have thereby been created where by the off springs of Martyr Durga Mall, Freedom Fighter Prasad Singh Subba, Dalbeer Singh Lohar and others are harassed every time they go through administrative process and each Gorkha is compelled to prove citizenship at umpteen times disrespecting his ‘right to live’ as a genuine Indian citizen.
Not a single Gorkha could escape from this propaganda harassment by Government machineries and administrative authorities. We categorically state that, all these had happened under supervision of some anti national elements having vested interests to incite hatred among the Gorkha and the Assamese.

 
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