Protest against Delhi Golf Club treatment of Khasi lady
A report from Shillong said that the Meghalaya State Commission for Women and other women's groups had met to condemn the "despicable act of discrimination and racism" meted out to a Khasi woman for wearing a traditional attire at the Delhi Golf Club on Sunday. Tailin Lyngdoh, hailing from Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills, was wearing a jainsem which some employees of the club said was a "maid's uniform". She was also told that she looked like a Nepali. While the Meghalaya government and the Centre came out strongly against the club, organisations in the state condemned the incident and expressed solidarity with Tailin. Chaired by the Commission's Chairperson, Theilin Phanbuh, the meeting noted that the treatment meted out to Tailin had "gravely insulted" and hurt the sentiments of the Khasi people. "The comments against Tailin violated the social and cultural rights of the individual," the meeting noted. It stated that in the "egalitarian" Khasi society, all women wore the jainsem and it was also worn abroad. "It represents the identity of a woman who wears it every day and is the most modest, dignified, graceful, versatile and elegant attire. India is a land of unity in diversity and it is unfortunate that the club cannot distinguish between traditional Indian attire and that of a neighbouring country," the meeting noted. Stating that the incident had stripped Tailin of the very fundamental right guaranteed to her by the Constitution, the meeting added that "no apology" could make up for the loss of dignity caused to Tailin. The Meghalaya Mahila Pradesh Committee would take out a rally on Saturday against the incident. The Chairman of the North East Students' Organisation (Neso), Samuel B. Jyrwa, said, "They (people of the mainland) should not expect us to ape the so-called majority, we are proud of our distinct identity. The people of the Northeast already feel alienated due to the step-motherly treatment of the different governments at the Centre, and these incidents will only alienate the people further."
Bandh in Assam
A report from Kokrajhar said that the 24-hour Assam bandh, called by Pradip Ray faction of All Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU-P) demanding immediate creation of Kamatapur State and ST status to the Koch Rajbangsi Community, affected normal life in entire Kokrajhar district on Wednesday. All shops and business establishments remained closed the whole day. Vehicles were also off the roads. Bandh supporters burnt a truck near Bhodayaguri on National Highway 31-C under Gossaigaon Police Station in Kokrajhar in the morning. Bandh supporters also burnt motor tyres at different places in Kokrajhar district in support of the bandh. However, train communication was normal during the bandh. Pradip Ray, president of the student faction, criticised Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for his alleged pro-tribal sentiment and warned they would intesnsify the agitation if their demands were not met soon.
Impose AFSPA in Tripura says BJP
A report from Agartala said that after last week’s clashes with CPI-M workers, the Bharatiya Janata Party had demanded the imposition of AFSPA in Tripura while the ruling Left accused it of unleashing hostility to discredit the government in view of next year’s assembly polls. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) raised the demand for promulgation of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) following clashes between its workers and those of the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in a few places in southern Tripura since last week. “During the past few days, CPI-M activists attacked BJP workers in some places in southern Tripura, killing one and injuring 50 others. The CPI-M used the police against BJP workers in these incidents,” BJP state vice-president Subal Bhowmik told reporters. He said his party had demanded that the Centre promulgate the disturbed areas act in Tripura to maintain peace. The CPI-M had criticised the BJP for raising the demand ahead of the assembly elections, due in February next year. “The BJP workers on the pretext of a concocted issue are attacking CPI-M workers and damaging government property leading to deterioration of the law and order situation in some places,” CPI-M state secretary Bijan Dhar said.
Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura holds protests backing Gorkhaland
A report from Agartala said that the IPFT had held rallies in 29 places across the State on Saturday to support the demand a separate Gorkhaland State in West Bengal’s Darjeeling. IPFT President Narendra Chandra Debbarma told reporters “We not only support the separate Gorkhaland State in West Bengal, we also strongly condemn the atrocities on the leaders and members of the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM),” . The IPFT had for the past few years been agitating for the creation of a separate State, carved out by upgrading the TTAADC area. Almost all the political parties in Tripura had opposed the IPFT’s demand for a separate State.