Showing posts with label Gorkha NRC issue. Show all posts
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Gorkhas in India are Indian citizens or legal migrants, says Nepal

8:34 PM

Writes Geeta Mohan

One of the major fallout of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) list in Assam would be on Gorkhas in India. According to reports, an estimated one lakh Gorkhas have been kept out of the draft that was published on July 30 that could be a cause for major consternation between the government and the Gorkha community.
The question that arises out of this is what would the status of the Gorkhas in India be. Nepals Embassy in India believes that this is not a bilateral matter at all and that Gorkhas living in different parts of the country are all Indian citizens.
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Speaking to India Today, Hari Odari, spokesperson in the Nepalese Embassy in New Delhi said, As far as we are concerned, Gorkhas in Assam, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and other parts of India are Indian citizens or legal migrants. This issue has never been a part of our bilateral relations or conversations.
This list which according to Indian government officials is not the final list has raised concerns among the Gorkha community of Assam. Data collected from the districts imply about 1 lakh of our people are missing from the NRC, the highest being in Baksa district followed by Sonitpur and Golaghat. They should never have been excluded because the March 24, 1971 cut-off does not apply to the Gorkhas, Prem Tamang, president of the All Assam Gorkha Students Union, told India Today
Sources in the Nepalese government in Kathmandu told India Today, This is Indias internal matter, its domestic matter. We dont interfere in that. They will resolve it themselves.
The difference between illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Nepalese coming into India is the Indo-Nepal Treaty of 1950.
Article 7 of the Treaty states, The Governments of India and Nepal agree to grant, on reciprocal basis, to the nationals of one country in the territories o the other the same privileges in the matter of residence, ownership of property, participation in trade and commerce, movement and other privileges of a similar nature.
Professor Mahendra P. Lama, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, says, For the Nepalese migrants under 1950 Treaty, they might not be citizens but they are legal migrants. No Nepalese migrant can be ousted or declared illegal anywhere in India under the Indo-Nepal treaty.
The problem with this clause is that if Nepalese people are allowed equal rights without being citizens then how does one differentiate them from those who acquired Indian citizenship by right of being descendants of soldiers recruited by the Indian Army.
It is a very clear case. Those who are Indian Gorkhas cant be deprived of Indian citizenship because of lack of documents because the processes in the past and municipality structures were not organised. The question of not giving them citizenship does not arise, says Professor Lama.
Interestingly, the Assam agitation of the 70s and 80s was a popular movement launched against outsiders included not only illegal immigrants from Bangladesh but also Gorkhas and other outsiders such as the Santhal tribe in India going in and settling in the state of Assam.
The agitation ended in August of 1985 following the Assam Accord which gave a cut-off date of March 24, 1971. People with documents establishing their stay in Assam up to the midnight of that date are eligible for inclusion in the NRC.
India Today

Exclusion in NRC "not fair" - Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee

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Guwahati: The Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee, which has been demanding "original in habitants" status for the Gorkhas living in Assam, said exclusion of many names of the community from the final draft of the NRC is "not fair".

The committee's chairman, Harka Bahadur Chhetri, on Thursday said: "Many Gorkha people have been excluded from the final draft of the NRC. There are many anomalies. However, the exact number of excluded people is not confirmed yet. So, we will have to carry out a survey across the state."
Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee
Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee file photo

Alleging huge anomalies in the NRC update process, Chhetri said: "Exclusion of many Gorkhas in the NRC final draft even after submission of proper documents has proved that there were large anomalies in the whole process. So we will move the state government after carrying out the survey."

More Chhetri said: "Many Gor-khas, who have been living in this land for decades, have been excluded from the final draft. They are now frustrated. The government said there is nothing to worry about. That means inclusion or exclusion of names in the draft NRC has no value. The anomalies will not be tolerated."

Chhetri alleged partiality in the NRC update process. According to him, in Assam there are around 30 lakh Gorkhas and among them possibly 10 to 20 per cent have been excluded from the final draft.

Earlier, the committee had said Gorkhas in Assam had no links with Nepal and considering them as "immigrants" would be an injustice.

According to the committee, Nepalis and Gorkhas are different communities, but the Assam government deprived Gorkhas from getting the "indigenous" tag

Via Telegraph

NRC could threaten national security and start communal violence - Binay Tamang

12:52 PM
"NRC political game of BJP - could threaten national security and start communal violence in the country" - says Binay Tamang

GJM (BT) faction chief and the current GTA Board of Administrators Chairman Binay Tamang on Wednesday said that he would extend legal support to Assam’s Gorkha community if they were displaced following implementation of NRC.

He claimed, "of the 40 lakh people in Assam whose names have not appeared in NRC, nearly 1 lakh are Gorkhas."

“The NRC draft is not final. People whose names are not on the list can submit fresh applications. But even after that, if those whose names have been struck off do not get enlisted, then our party will extend all support,” said Binay Tamang.

He further added “NRC is a political game of BJP, which could threaten national security and start communal violence in the country. We abhor such political games”.

He alleged that BJP would also implement NRC in Bengal to displace not only Gorkhas but other minority communities in the state in order to make political gains.

[With inputs from Times News Network, file pic]

Via TheD

Close to 100,000 Gorkha Names Left Out of Assam NRC

7:56 AM
Writes: Rahul Karmakar

The complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on July 30 has made the Gorkhas of Assam feel they are paying the price for India’s treaty with Nepal almost seven decades ago.

While the focus of the NRC has been on the exclusion of Bengali Muslims and Hindus — two communities often suspected to be illegal migrants — an estimated 100,000 of some 2.5 million Gorkhas in Assam have not found their names in the updated draft.
Close to 100,000 Gorkha Names Left Out of Assam NRC

This has come as a rude shock to the Gorkhas, most of whom are descendants of soldiers recruited by the Assam Rifles that was born as Cachar Levy in 1835. A few trace their origin to Ratikanta Upadhyaya, a follower of medieval Assamese saint-reformer Srimanta Sankardeva, who had a couple of Vaishnav monasteries built in Jorhat and Nagaon in the 16th century.

“Data collected from the districts imply about 1 lakh of our people are missing from the NRC, the highest being in Baksa district followed by Sonitpur and Golaghat. They should never have been excluded because the March 24, 1971 cut-off does not apply to the Gorkhas,” Prem Tamang, president of the All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union, told The Hindu.

The 1951 NRC has been updated on the basis of the cut-off date prescribed by the Assam Accord of 1985 for detection, detention and deportation foreigners, specifically from Bangladesh. This means migrants who have documents establishing their stay in Assam up to the midnight of March 24, 1971, are eligible for inclusion in the NRC.

Mr. Tamang referred to the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship that ensures free movement of Indian and Nepalese people into each other’s territory, own property, participate in trade and commerce and enjoy other privileges.

[Via: The Hindu]

आसाममा १ लाख गोर्खाहरूको नाम मेटिएको घोर विरोध गर्दछौं -बिनय तामाङ

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नेशनल रेजिस्टर अफ सिटिजन मार्फत आसामका कूल ४० लाख मानिसहरूको नाम काटिएको छ भने उक्त ४० लाखमध्ये १ लाख गोर्खाहरूको नाम मेटिएको हामीलाई जानकारी प्राप्त भएको छ। गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चा आसामका ती सबा गोर्खाहरूलाई उक्त ट्राफ्ट फाइनल राफ्ट नरहेकोले फेरि पनि आफ्नो नागरिकता प्रमाणित गर्ने समय रहेको जनाउँदै पुनः आवेदन गर्ने अपील गर्दछौं।यति गरेर फाइनल ड्राफ्टमा पनि यदि कुनै वैध भारतीय गोर्खाहरूको नाम छुटिन गए प्रावधानअनुसार अन्य कानूनी प्रक्रियाहरू अप्नाउने दिशामा उनीहरूलाई गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चाले पूर्ण सहयोग गर्ने आश्वासन प्रदान गर्दछौं।



आसाममा भाजपा सरकारले शुरू गरेको एनआरसीको हामी घोर प्रतिवाद जनाउँदछौं। यो भाजपाको राजनैतिक स्वार्थप्रेरित पदक्षेप हो।

यसबाहेक पश्चिम बंगालमै पनि एनआरसी लागु गर्ने भाजपाको मनाशय रहेको छ। भाजपा पश्चिम बंगाल प्रभारी दिलीप घोषले पश्चिम बंगालमा पनि एनआरसी लागु गर्ने भाजपाको योजना रहेको बताइसकेका छन्।भाजपाले राजनैतिक स्वार्थ सिद्ध गर्न नै बंगालमा पनि एआरसी लागु गर्ने षड़यन्त्र बुनेका हुन्। यदि बंगालमा पनि एनआरसी लागु गरेको खण्डमा बंगालको उत्तरपूर्वी क्षेत्रमा बसोबासो गर्ने गोर्खाहरूलाई पनि आसामबाट झैं उच्छेद गर्ने षड़यन्त्र भाजपाद्वारा शुरू गर्ने हामीलाई शङ्का रहेको छ।बंगालका अल्पसंख्यक समुदायहरूको नाम मेटाएर बंगालको सत्ता हत्याउने ताकमा भाजपाले बंगालका अल्पसंख्यक समुदायको पनि नागरिक अधिकार हनन गर्ने सोच बनाइरहेको हामीलाई शङ्का भइरहेको छ।

आसाम अनि पश्चिम बंगालमामात्रै नभएर देशका अन्य कतिपय राज्यहरूमा पनि एनआरसी लागु गर्ने भाजपाको योजना रहेको छ। यदि भाजपाले यसो गरेको खण्डमा सम्पूर्ण देशमा नै साम्प्रदायिक हिँसा अनि दङ्गा- फसाद फैलिएर जाने पनि निश्चित रहेको छ। यसरी राजनैतिक स्वार्थसिद्ध गर्नुको निम्ति राष्ट्रको साम्प्रदायिक सद्भावना भत्काउनु तथा राष्ट्रिय सुरक्षामाथि प्रश्नचिह्न खड़ा गर्नु अति निन्दनीय कुरा हो। हामी यसको घोर विरोध गर्दछौं।

विनय तामाङ
अध्यक्ष
गोर्खा जनमुक्ति मोर्चा।

Gorkha demands constitutional Indigenous status says Assam Accord cutoff date not applicable to Gorkhas

8:59 AM
Gorkha demands constitutional Indigenous status says Assam Accord cutoff date not applicable to Gorkhas

9th September Khanapra, Guwahati Assam: Gorkhafa Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC)  speaking at ‘Raithaney Gorkha Bhela’  reiterated only one demand that Gorkhas should  be recognized as  Indigenous community of Assam in the NRC Upgradation process like other communities of Assam without any discrimination and further added that Assam Accord cutoff date 24th March 1971 midnight cannot be not applicable to Gorkhas  because Gorkhas are ‘Son of the Soil’ and indigenous of the state. Gorkhas have been part of the Assam Agitation to drive out illegal Bangladeshi and Foreigners and laid down lives as one of the agitating community.’

Chetry questioned the Government of Assam,’How can a constituent community of Assam Agitation be charged with the paragraphs of the accord meant for illegal foreigners to be more specific Bangladeshis. It is hence not acceptable therefore Gorkhas should be recognized as indigenous community by Government of Assam. He made it loud and clear that the democratic, peaceful, nonviolent movements is not for mere demanding OI status in NRC and the  Gorkhas are in  favour of no single illegal migrants or foreigners name should be include in NRC and it should upgraded constitutionally.
Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman, GACDC Raithaney Gorkha Bhela organised by GACDC supported by several  Gorkha Ethnic Organisations demanding Indigenous status in Assam
More than 15,000 Gorkhas assembled at the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela  organized by Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) with support from indigenous Gorkhas of Assam supported by 10 Gorkha  Ethnic Organizations namely Tamang, Limboo, Khambu Rai, Yakha Dewan, Khas, Bhujel, Thakuri, Mangar, Gurung and Newar  and a number of Non Government Organisations (NGOs). People supported the movement spontaneously and made it a people’s movement despite of obstructions from various quarters of the society. Admit very hot and humid weather the people thronged Khanapara for the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela.

On successful completion of 650km Marathon March – the foot long march rally  that had started from Murkong Selek at Jonai in Dhemaji District to Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Guwahati Assam from 19th July 2016 to 5th Aug 2016, the Government of Assam represented by its senior cabinet minister and president of Asom Gana Parishad- the regional political party of Assam born out of Assam agitation now an ally of BJP led Government of Assam had promised to hold talks with Chief minister of Assam Shri. Sarbanada Sonowal and his cabinet with in 20th Aug 2016 which failed miserably. A press conference was organized on 29th Aug 2016 at Guwahati Press Club to press the Government for talks but it again failed and GACDC declared the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela meaning Indigenous Gorkha Conclave at Khanapara, Guwahati Assam.

Today at the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela –  GACDC Chairman threatened to ‘Fast Unto Death’ from 18th Oct 2015 if the demands are not met which are as follows tripartiate talks between GACDC, Assam Government and Government of India for indigenous status of Gorkhas in Assam and no discrimination in up-gradation of NRC process.

For more info please contact Harka Bahadur Chetry +919954568916 (D)
Digambar Chetri
Secreatary (Media Affairs)
+919707892056

Via Nanda Kirati Dewan

Gorkhas are indigenous, Assam Accord cut off date not applicable to the Gorkhas of Assam : Gorkhafa Harka Bahadur Chetri

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Gorkhas are indigenous and so Assam Accord cut off date not applicable to the Gorkhas of Assam : Gorkhafa Harka Bahadur Chetri

Writes Nanda Kirati Dewan

19 days long 600 kms Marathon March ends at Dispur Lastgate : More than 3000 people rallied from Sonapur to Guwahati

Tripartite talks demanded : Govt. of Assam assures of talks with Chief Minister and State Cabinet and Officials

Guwahati, 6th Aug 2016; The Marathon March against discrimination to Gorkhas of Assam in NRC upgradation process not being recognized as ‘Son of the Soil’ reached Dispur Last Gate at 10.45am in the morning on Friday along with more than three thousand Gorkhas. Harka Bahadur Chetry, popular as Gorkhafa Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) representing approximate 30Lakhs Gorkhas of the state had undetaken a non-violent democratic peaceful long march which is was called  ‘MARATHON MARCH’  from Mukong Selek, Jonai in Dhemaji district to Dispur, Guwahati approximately 650 Kms from 19th July 2016 onwards  in protest against discrimination in providing OI (Original Inhabitant ) status to the Gorkhas of Assam in the National Register of Citizens (NRC)  up-gradation process. The route districts wise was Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Biswanath Chariali, Sonitpur, Nagoan, Morigoan, Kamrup Rural, Kamrup Metro and Guwahati

On his arrival in Guwahati on the 19th day, immediately after his inaugural speech, he addressed majority of electronic media from Dispur regarding his mission. In the mean time Chief Minister of Assam Shri. Sarbanabda Sonowal who was in New Delhi on a official visit to meet the Prime Minister  advised Senior cabinet Minister, president of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) the regional political party of Assam formed immediately after Assam Accord to initiate talks with Harka Bahadur Chetry on his behalf at the Assam Secretariat. A ten member delegation was invited through Joint Commissioner of Police and Additional DCP Intelligence and Security Azagaran Basumatary to meet Atul Bora , Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, UDD and Town & Country Planning, Govt. of Assam from the Marathon March amalgamation point at Dispur. Dil Bahadur Limbu, Sr. Vice President, GACDC introduced the delegation to Atul Bora while the minister himself introduced his team consisting of senior officers from Home and Political Affairs lead by S S Meenakshi Sundaram IAS, Secretary to Govt. of Assam and senior NRC officials.

In the course of discussion Gorkhafa put forth only one demand that Gorkhas be recognized Indigenous community of Assam in the NRC Upgradation process like other communities of Assam without any discrimination and Assam Accord cutoff date 24th March 1971 midnight cannot be not applicable to Gorkhas  because Gorkhas are ‘son of the Soil’ and indigenous of the state. Gorkhas have been part of the Assam Agitation to drive out illegal Bangladeshi and Foreigners and laid down lives as one of the agitating community. Chetry questioned,’How can a constituent community of Assam Agitation be charged with the paragraphs of the accord meant for illegal foreigners to be more specific Bangladeshis. It is hence not acceptable therefore Gorkhas should be recognized as indigenous community by Government of Assam. He made it loud and clear that his democratic, peaceful, nonviolent silent march is not more demanding OI status in NRC and he is in favour of no single illegal migrants or foreigners name should be include in NRC.

Atul Bora gave a patient hearing and spoke on behalf of the government but expressed inability of any assurances for the demand put forth but spelled the same line no genuine Indian’ names will be left out in updating the NRC and it may be from any background caste or community to which Chetry replied that he was not here to request NRC officers to include names of Gorkhas in NRC which has been left out or marked NOI after walking 600kms but to hold talks with Government of Assam on Assam Accord and Indigenous state of Gorkhas in Assam for which he requested Bora to fix a high level decision making authority meeting with Chief Minister of Assam, Assam Accord Implementation Minister, Representative of Union Home Ministry / Registrar General of India and State NRC Co-ordinator/ Nodal Officer. Bora said that it will be very difficult to arrange such a meeting immediately so he assured to fix a meeting with Chief Minister and State Government Officials as second round of talks after 15th Aug 2016, thereafter if necessary such a tripartite meeting will be arranged in due time.

On Saturday, Gorkhafa informed the developments in a press conference at Gaurisadan in Guwahati where he congratulated both print and electronic media for the support and extended gratitude to the social media which made a huge influence on the youths and impact on greater Assamese society regarding integration as Asomiya. He thanked all the people who supported him throughout the march and acknowledged the team that managed the rally.
He lastly said , ‘This is just the beginning of integrating Gorkhas into greater Assamese society administratively  by peaceful, nonviolent and democratic means and it will go on till Gorkhas are recognized as indigenous in Assam and government machineries treats every indigenous equally as Assamese whether we may be a Bodo, Karbi, Rabha, Tiwa, Ahom, Gorkha, Mishing. Moran or Kalita etc.’

MARATHON MARCH from JONAI to GUWAHATI for OI and INDIGENOUS status of Gorkhas in NRC

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Gorkhafa  Harka Bahadur Chetry Marathon March for OI and Indigenous status for Gorkhas of Assam in NRC

Jonai 20th July 2016 ; Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) representing approximate 30Lakhs Gorkhalis of the state has undetaken a non-violent democratic peaceful long march which is now called  ‘MARATHON MARCH’  from Mukong Selek, Jonai in Dhemaji district to Dispur, Guwahati approximately 560Kms from 19th July 2016 onwards  in protest against discrimination in proving OI (Original Inhabitant ) status to the Gorkhas of Assam in the National Register of Citizens (NRC)  upgradation process. The route districts wise would be Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Biswanath Chariali, Sonitpur, Nagoan, Morigoan, Kamrup Rural, Kamrup Metro and Guwahati. Chetry is expected to cover 30-50 kms every day and reach Guwahati after 1st March 2016 while the Assam Assembly is in progress.

While starting off the rally from Murkong Selek yesterday Gorkhafa of Assam Harka Bahadur Chetry said, ‘Gorkhas of Assam have settled since time immemorial and have extensively contributed to national building process and the freedom struggle movement so denying Original Inhabitant and Indigenous status to Gorkhas in Assam in up-gradation process of NRC is sheer discrimination and attempt to deprive fundamental rights of genuine Indian citizens. The Marathon March which will be peaceful non-violent democratic rally without slogans and blockades from 6am to 6pm every day till reaching Dispur is our way of registering our protest against this conspiracy and saving the fundamentals rights of Gorkhas’.

Gorkhafa  Harka Bahadur Chetry Marathon March for OI and Indigenous status for Gorkhas of Assam in NRC
Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) representing approximate 30Lakhs Gorkhalis of the state has undertaken a non-violent democratic peaceful long march named ‘MARATHON MARCH’ from Mukong Selek, Jonai in Dhemaji district to Dispur, Guwahati from 19th July 2016 onwards in protest against discrimination in proving OI (Original Inhabitant ) status to the Gorkhas of Assam in the NRC Upgradation process. The rally has reached Telem in Jonai subdivision of Dhemaji today.
‘I welcome Civil Society Organizations, Non Government Organizations (NGOs), Mahila Samities, Associations, Unions , Federations,  Students Union, Youth Organizations and  Clubs, Foundations, Trusts, village development committees, Gaon Burahs, people holding public office, youth committees, organizations or any group also individuals  in any domain willing to extend their support and can contact Chief Secretary GACDC Sanjib Chetry and Vice Presidents Keshab Pandey and Raju Chetry who are marching along with me. I thank one and all  who participated today and covered a distance of 32 kilometers from 11.40am to 6.40pm today and expecting more participation from all walks of life’, said Harka bahadur Chetri while interacting with media at 7.30pm at Talem under Jonai subdivision.

Hundreds of Gorkhas waited in the roadside to have a glimpse of Gorkhafa and extend their support. Localities residing near the national highway arranged refreshments and lunch for their respected leader. Women, school children, students joined the marathon march as token support. GACDC office bearers said that  the numbers will rise and support will swell as the program progresses and it is very important that we extend support in all forms to our leader. GACDC has sought support and blessings for Gorkhafa from all quarters of people for peaceful and successful Marathon March.


Nanda Kirati Dewan

 
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