Welcoming the decision to award indigenous status to five Assamese Muslim communities, Harka Bahadur Chetry, chairman of the Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) said, “Gorkhas are no less indigenous than any other communities in Assam so the government of Assam should immediately declare Gorkhas as indigenous community of Assam without any delay.”
Harka said the Assam government should also address the two-decade long demand of Gorkha Autonomous Council (GAC) and create it soon.
He said this while speaking as keynote speaker at the 208th Bhanu Jayanti and Bishesh Abhinandan Samaroh on July 13, at Merapani.
Chetry said since communities of Himalayan Mountain range “as per studies” were aborigines of the region, Gorkhas too, being a Himalayan community claim to be aboriginal community in Assam as they were conglomerate of Khas and Kirats.
Chetry added that Himalayan communities such as Mikir (Karbis), all the Naga tribes, Mizos (Lushai), Lalungs (Tiwa), Miri (Mishings), Mompa, Apatani, Gorkhas (conglomerate of Khas and Kirats) and others were “descendants of Homo Erectus.”
Harka Bahadur Chhetri is gold medallist in anthropology from Dibrugarh University. He is the founder president of GACDC, who undertook 650 kms foot march from Murkungselek Jonai in Dhemaji district to Dispur in Guwahati demanding Assamese identity and indigenous status for Gorkhas after the community faced discrimination in Original Inhabitants (OI) status during NRC process.
Harka said “Raithaney Sangram” (indigenous movement) bilateral talks with Assam government was on hold from the government’s end and that they would push democratically since Gorkhas “have been ignored.”
He scrutinised Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s speech at the open session of the 27th trinnenial general conference of Assam Gorkha Sammelan where he said that the CM tried to dilute Gorkha community’s Indian national identity calling the community Nepali.
Further, he stressed on indigenous identity for Gorkhas and creation of Gorkha Autonomous Council.
The programme was organised by Doyang Sarupani Simanta Coordination Committee of All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union at Bhanu Bhawan, Kachomari under Merapani PS in Golaghat district.
The Bisesh Abhinandan Sabha witnessed “Golaghat Gorkha Gaurav 2022” and felicitation of 132 meritorious HSLC and HSSLC students with Thaka shawls and citations.
Bhanu Jayanti celebrated in Dimapur, Chümou
Gorkha Youth Club Dimapur (GYCD) and Hamro Chinhari Nagaland (HCN) organised the 207th Bhanu Jayanti celebration on July 13, at Town Hall Dimapur, honouring Aadikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya.
In a press release, GYCD informed that minister for Higher Education & Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along graced the programme as special guest and founder of Livingstone Foundation International Dimapur, Arthur Edward as guest of honour.
At the programme, toppers and rank holders of the HSSLC and HSLC examinations 2022 were felicitated with the first “Sir Arthur Edward’s Award”.
A certificate of merit along with cash awards were handed to the meritorious students. Sports persons were also awarded with certificates.
The programme was chaired by GHMSS joint secretary, Gyan B Ghataney and vote of thanks was proposed by HCN general secretary, Kamaldeep Sunwar.
CGU & CGY: Chümoukedima Gorkha Union (CGU) and Chümoukedima Gorkha Youth (CGY) organised the 208th edition of Bhanu Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Adikavi Bhanubhakta Acharya at Chümoukedima Town hall on July 9 where meritorious HSLC & HSSLC and graduate level candidates of Gorkha community of Chümoukedima were felicitated.
Various events including band performance by Gorkha bands of Chümoukedima displayed performances.