The new fault lines in the North-East9 min read 11 Dec 2019, 09:20 PM IST
Starting with Assam, the Citizenship Amendment Bill will upset two decades of relative peace in the region
The North-East is home to almost 238 indigenous tribes that are not Hindu by faith. Their fears are about ‘outsiders’, irrespective of religion.
SHILLONG : On the night of 9 December, as Parliament sat down to discuss sweeping changes to the country’s citizenship law, thousands of university students were marching on the streets of Guwahati. It was a repeat of similar protests which rocked Assam just a few months ago. The slogans were the same: Joi Aai Axom. The concern was the same—the rights of the Khilonjiya, a difficult to translate Assamese word which can at best be described as “indigenous".
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