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South Asian Regional Fences

GPD IN the columns of this weekly a commentator had once expressed regret that in spite of the good work the various human rights and civil liber- tics organisations were doing, there was no good report on the question of democratic and human rights in Assam. We know of such a report. But the commentator concerned must have counted it out of discussion because it concerned itself with the human rights of the non-Assamese in Assam and had not come to a very cheerful conclusion. The non-Assamese, especially the poor Muslim peasants, were subjected to less than civil treatment because they had migrated to Assam from Bangladesh sometime over the last hundred years. A large number of them have come since 1947 and the much talked about movement in Assam wants them back in their villages in Bangladesh. The movement in Assam is a much discussed matter. What the commentator referred to above seemed to suggest was that the repression practised by the government vis-a-vis the Assam movement was not getting as much publicity as it should have. The poor Muslims of Assam getting thrashed in the process did not seems to matter as the thrashing was not being done by the State but rather under the inspiration of a movement which had, and even now has, considerable fas- cination for some of our radicals. The Purushotham Sena of Dhulia district should have taken a leaf or two out of the book of the Assam leaders and their radical supporters. They could have justified what they did in Dhule, which in any case is not very different from the treatment that was meted out to the hapless minorities of Assam. The crucial question was that the State was not giving them the thrashing.

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