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Bodoland echo in Cachar

SILCHAR, August 12: A rally was organized by Assam University Silchar unit of All Bodo Students’ Union, demanding a separate state of Bodoland here today. The rally started from Gandhi Bagh and converged before the office of the Deputy Commissioner. A delegation of ABSU led by Dhananjay Basumatary, president, and Tempest Daimary, secretary, Students’ Union, submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Gokul Mohan Hazarika, addressed to Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh. Despite their hectic academic time table, Bodo students from Assam University, National Institute of Technology, Silchar Medical College, Polytechnic as well as members of the community living across Barak Valley come out to support the rally.
ABSU strongly urged the Government of India to bring about a permanent solution to the long pending demand for Bodoland on the pattern of Telangana and to preserve national integrity of the country. The organization raises the question as to why the articles 2 and 3 of the Indian Constitution are not applicable in the case of Bodoland. The leaders claimed that the creation of Bodoland neither violates any provision of the Indian Constitution nor contravenes the spirit of national integrity. On the contrary, it resembles the socio–cultural diversity of the country. ABSU leaders further claimed that the movement for separate state of Bodoland was initiated many decades ago and was the result of continuous socio–cultural, economic and political discriminations of the region by the Government of India as well as the Government of Assam. Dhananjay Basumatary added to say that the mass movement of the ABSU for the separate state of Bodoland would continue in its different democratic forms until and unless there was a permanent solution to the problem and a society free from exploitation, suppression, oppression and hegemony was established. (SentinelAssam)