Are we doing enough to keep our ‘pluralism’ alive?

Guwahati,Nilim Dutta, 13 April-2014: How many of us ‘seculars’ actually bother to go to remote villages to express solidarity and speak up for impoverished Muslim villagers harassed and assaulted as Bangladeshis?

Are we doing enough to keep our ‘pluralism’ alive?


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I do. Just see the size of the crowd I addressed in this protest meeting organized by AAMSU against shameful attack by BJP/RSS goons. I am saddened to say that my sister and I were the only non-Muslims who stood there with these villagers in solidarity.

Are we doing enough to keep our ‘pluralism’ alive?

This is the ‘Protest Rally Against Communal Attack on Miniroties’ organized by AAMSU I addressed in Moirabari, Marigaon District of Assam today, the same district where 31 years ago, the Nellie Massacre took place.


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In a shameful incident, on 5 April 2014, the President of the Morigaon District Committee of the AAMSU was assaulted by BJP/RSS goons in a television programme when it was being recorded. His sin being he protested their heckling and sweeping allegations of Muslims in Marigaon District being Bangladeshis.

In spite of Marigaon District of Assam having a 47.58% Muslim population, there was no retaliation against anyone. This is the kind of restraint they have shown.

There was, however, seething anger because in spite of the victim being seriously injured, the police has not arrested the culprits. This is how Congress protects the minorities in Assam, the alleged Bangladeshi vote bank the BJP/RSS never fails to conjure up.

I have thanked the people for their restraint and have pledged to make the law bear down on the perpetrators of this shameful attack.

Editors’ Note: Nilim Dutta is an Executive Director of the STRATEGIC RESEARCH & ANALYSIS ORGANISATION. All views and observations are his personal. This article doesn’t bear the views of publication.