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Muslim threats, nationalist fantasies and the 'Great Assam Exodus'

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"Violence in Assam is localised with its particular history and context," human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi told AsiaNews.

However, for Raghuvanshi, who is director of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), such co

nflicts "have repercussions that explode in internal conflicts fuelled by the nationalism of fascist forces."

In his view, "India's greatest threat is an internal exodus provoked by internal nationalist groups (supporters of the Hindutva ideology) or external groups like Muslim fundamentalists."


http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Muslim-threats,-nationalist-fantasies-and-the-%27Great-Assam-Exodus%27-25602.html
 

» 08/21/2012 16:10

INDIA - PAKISTAN
Muslim threats, nationalist fantasies and the 'Great Assam Exodus'
Nirmala Carvalho
Almost 300,000 people from north-eastern India flee Karnataka and Maharashtra. New Delhi blames Islamabad for circulating revenge text messages following sectarian violence between tribal Bodos and Muslims settlers in Assam. For activist Raghuvanshi, the problem is rooted in tensions generated by Hindu nationalist forces.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - New Delhi and Islamabad could be facing another diplomatic crisis as a result of a recent major population displacement within India. Hundreds of thousands of people from Assam have in fact fled Bangalore (Karnataka), Mumbai and Pune (Maharashtra) after they received death threats via the Internet. The messages, which were posted mostly on Facebook and Twitter, warned workers from north-eastern India that Indian Muslims would take revenge against them forsectarian clashes last month in the state of Assam. For India, Pakistan is behind this hate campaign, but Islamabad has denied any involvement, calling on New Delhi to back up its claims with evidence.

In Assam, violence between tribal Bodos and Muslim settlers left 80 people dead in July. This has sparked the panicked flight of about 400,000 people from both communities, some finding shelter in refugee camps set up by the local Catholic Church. Tensions eventually spread to other Indian states where Bodos and other ethnic groups moved in search of work.

Last week, panic began spreading when text messages and photos on social networks began fuelling rumours. About 300,000 people from north-eastern India, mostly students, crammed railway stations trying to escape, fearful they might be targeted by Muslims for retaliation.

At present, the exodus has stopped and things are getting back to normal thanks to cooperation among the various Indian states involved. However, it is unclear who posted the first intimidating messages online. For New Delhi, the culprits are in Pakistan. Islamabad has denied the accusations, calling on India to show its evidence, which has not been forthcoming.

"Violence in Assam is localised with its particular history and context," human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi told AsiaNews.

However, for Raghuvanshi, who is director of the People's Vigilance Committee on Human Rights (PVCHR), such conflicts "have repercussions that explode in internal conflicts fuelled by the nationalism of fascist forces."

In his view, "India's greatest threat is an internal exodus provoked by internal nationalist groups (supporters of the Hindutva ideology) or external groups like Muslim fundamentalists."

 

 

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From: "Shabana -" <shabana@pvchr.asia>
Date: Aug 1, 2012 12:21 PM
Subject: re: Bodos, Muslim Communal Riots in Assam, 19 killed
To: <jrlawnhrc@hub.nic.in>, <covdnhrc@nic.in>
Cc: "Lenin Raghuvanshi" <pvchr.india@gmail.com>
 

To, 
Chairperson, 
National Human Rights Commission
New Delhi
 
Dear Sir, 
 
I want to bring in your kind attention towards the news published in the siasat daily Bodos, Muslim Communal Riots in Assam, 19 killed on 23 July, 2012 http://www.siasat.com/english/news/bodos-muslim-communal-riots-assam-19-killed and in Reuters Ethnic riots sweep on Assam, at least 30 killed on 25 July, 2012. http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/24/india-assam-riots-floods-idINDEE86N04520120724 (detail news is enclosed as annexure)

 
Therefore it is a kind request please take appropriate action at earliest and ensure the justice, security and compensation to the victim.
 
  1. NHRC should send its team to conduct a inquiry 
  2. To provide compensation  to the deceased family
  3. To provide psycho - social support to the survivors in relief camp through testimonial therapy. IfNHRC is willing PVCHR will send the team of therapists from our NATT member organization Barak Human Rights Protection Committee (BHRPC), Silchar, Assam
  4. To provide all essential amenities to the survivors in relief camp.
Thanking You 
 
Sincerely Yours
 
Lenin Raghuvanshi
Secretary General
Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human Rights
Sa 4/2 A Daulatpur, Varanasi - 221002
Mobile No: +91-9935599333
 




 


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