Diversity brings in differences and an environment for identity considerations. The extent of diversity that Assam has in terms of culture, language, traditions et al is unfathomable, and is simply mind-blowing.
In this context, we say that "It is the easiest to disagree. It is most difficult to agree to disagree" We have to learn to agree to disagree, and live in unity. We could have said '...in peace' as well in the previous sentence, but we believe that it is more important to live in unity. We also believe that living in peace in diversity is quite a tough ask from the common citizens of Assam.
Through this website, we want to promote the belief that "United we STAND. Divided we FALL.
Creation of Telengana, as the29th state by the Congress government at the center, allegedly to secure a majority win in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2014, has brought the worst in terms of civil unrest in Assam. It has broken the concept of Assam that every Assamese holds dear to his heart. Creation of Telengana is of course not the reason, but a strong catalyst in the demand for disintegration of Assam.
Bodos, Karbis, Dimasas and Koch-Rajbongshis are all demanding separate states as if a separate state is the cure of all evils. History and India has shown us that it is not the case. Only perhaps the new capital city gets a facelift. A separate political entity within the ambit of Indian Central Government is an wasted effort, more so for the North-Eastern regions. It only benefits the political power centres, as they would start having control over the state budget allocated by the central government, and the state taxes collected from the common people.
All of us in the Assam of today are together for a very long time, and for a reason. We share a bond. We know each other better, relative to what people from outside the state would know about us. A Ahom student definitely relates more with a Bodo, a Karbi or a Dimasa student than he relates to a Bengali, a Gujarati or a Punjabi student. That is the bond that we have to cherish.
It is obvious that there will be differences between tribes and communities staying together as one entity, or in a generic identity. However, we have to stay united and try to solve our differences through dialogue, education, administration and maturity.
Whenever we fought among ourselves, outsiders benefitted. Mughals had come quite close to Sibsagar because of our internal struggles. British started ruling us from 1826 because of our internal weaknesses and lack of solidarity. It is that mistake of 1826 that we (the Northeastern region) are not an independent sovereign country, having control over our vast natural resources.
History has lot of examples of civil unrest within and outside the Indian subcontinent. If we look at the erstwhile Yugoslavia, over 1,40,000 men, women and children lost their lives. The Yugoslav Wars were a complex series of wars fought in the 1990s between different ethnicities and also within the same ethnic origins. The war was not only between Serbs (and to a lesser extent, Montenegrins) on one side and Croats and Bosniaks (and to a lesser degree, Slovenes) on the other; but also between Bosniaks and Croats in Bosnia (in addition to a separate conflict fought between rival Bosniak factions in Bosnia).
The Yugoslav wars were for sovereignty and independent countries. There was a definite conclusion which was sought by all the warring factions, and the conclusion was significant and tangible. Assam need not see such times for the sake of statehood and identity. We need to live in unity as brothers and sisters for the bigger cause of Assam itself.
This blog is dedicated to the cause of United Assam. We will take up issues that concerns each of the tribes and communities, and argue for a solution through discussion and logic, all aiming towards an United Assam. We will take up discussion on economics and politics as well to carve a path of progress and development for an United Assam.
We invite everyone to participate in this discussion and strive for an united Assam.
Joi Ai Axom.