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Divide Assam, let Bengali-dominated Barak Valley become a separate state: litterateur Nagen Saikia

Naveen Bharat Editorial

GUWAHATI: Eminent Assamese litterateur has opened Pandora’s box by advocating for the bifurcation of Assam for the creation of the Barak Valley state.

Hoardings of the Jal Jeevan Mission, written in Assamese language and set up in the Bengali-dominated Barak Valley, have sparked controversy.

Angered by the alleged “imposition” of Assamese language in an area where Bengali is the official language, miscreants recently painted hoardings black.

However, the act caused outrage in the Assamese-majority Brahmaputra Valley with leaders of various organizations, including the All Assam Students’ Union, seeing it as an insult to the Assamese language and Assamese. He had demanded action against the perpetrators of the incident.

Two people have been arrested for mutilating the hoarding. They are out on bail.

Non-Assamese (most of them Bengali Hindus and Bengali Muslims) constitute over 95% of the population of the Barak Valley of southern Assam, which is made up of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi, three of Assam’s 34 districts.

Sahitya Akademi awardee and former president of the state’s apex literary body ‘Assam Sahitya Sabha’ Nagen Saikia believed that separating the Barak Valley would go a long way in maintaining peace and tranquility in the country. State.

“I believe we can end the heated situation by giving separate statehood to Barak Valley,” Saikia told reporters.

He also said: “We want peace and harmony, not conflict. I would like to call upon the government to take up this issue with the people of both the valleys.

Earlier, various organizations in Barak Valley, including Barak Democratic Front (BDF) and All Bengali Youth and Students Organisation, had protested against the use of Assamese language in the Jal Jeevan Mission hoardings.

BDF chief convener Pradip Dutta Roy said Bengali was made the official language of the Barak Valley in the wake of the 1961 language movement, which claimed 11 lives in police firing.

He claimed that the use of Assamese language in the hoarding violated the provisions of the Assam Official Language Act.

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