North East Large Sections Protest CAB
There is mixed reaction to the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the North East in India given the sensitivity of the issue for the people of the region who have been facing challenges of outside infiltration and preservation of identity for the past many decades.
Whereas the decision not to settle the refugees in the areas which fall under the Inner Line Permit (ILP) has been welcomed there has been an adverse reaction to exclusion of other areas particularly in Assam and Tripura.
Special permits are required to enter ILP nominated areas which is in force in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland. Manipur is also proposed to be included in the ILP in the coming days.
The new legislation would not be applied in the 10 Tribal Autonomous District Council (TADC) areas of Assam (3 TADC), Meghalaya (3), Mizoram (3) and Tripura (one). The TADCs are constituted under the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution as per the Indian Express.
The Home Minister said that this Bill contains provisions to grant Citizenship to such refugees on reasonable grounds, which in no way go against any provision under the Constitution of India and does not violate Article 14. He also reassured that no provision of Article 371 would be violated by this Bill. The linguistic, cultural and social identity of the people of the North East would be preserved and this Bill contains the solution to the problems of the people of these States, as the provisions of the amendment have been incorporated after marathon deliberations with various stakeholders from North East for last one month. The issue should be seen as a humanitarian one, beyond political ideologies.
Reacting to the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha and the introduction of the same in the Rajya Sabha violence was reported from Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal, Meghalaya in wake of the 11-hour bandh call by North East Students’ Organisation on 10 December. The shutdown was supported by the All Manipur Student’s Union (AMSU), TangkhulKatamnaoSaklong (TKS) and All Naga Students’ Association Manipur. North East Students’ Organisations (NESO), a conglomerate of eight students and youth bodies, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), the NGO Coordination Committee (NCC) in Mizoram, Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), Tripura Rajya UpajatiGanamukti Parishad (TRUGP), Tripura’s oldest tribal based party have spearheaded the agitation.