SILCHAR, Dec 13: Sammilita Sanskritik Mancha, an organization of various social, literary and cultural bodies, aggrieved at the decision of the Union Home Ministry, rejecting the demand for renaming Silchar as Bhasha Sahid Station, has decided to resume and intensify agitation on the issue.
This was decided at a citizens’ meet at Gandhi Bhavan here today. 27 distinguished persons from various walks of life participating in the discussion, besides expressing their resentment, questioned the very logic and justification on the part of the Centre to ignore the no objection certificate of the State Government of Assam. All the speakers in unequivocal terms condemned the language used in the letter and statement of the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, showing grounds for rejecting the demands. They felt there was conspiracy behind overriding the sentiments and feelings of 35 lakh people of this valley.
It amounted to ignore the constitutional and democratic rights of the linguistic minorities of this State. At the outset, Biswajit Das, secretary of the Mancha, explained the objective in holding the citizens’ meet while Dr Rajiv Kar, convener, gave chronological background of the movement since 2005. Resolutions adopted at the meet decided to hold protest rallies at the district and block level of the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi and to send memorandum on the issue to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, Railway Minister and Chief Minister of Asom, pressing for revoking the decision and for taking favourable steps for renaming the nomenclature of the Railway Station. A committee was constituted with Sushil Paul, SK Bhattacharjee and Subir Kar among others to chalk out the future course of action. At the meet were also present Karimganj (north) MLA Mission Ranjan Das and Silchar MLA Bithika Dev. Bithika Dev informed that all the MLAs of Barak Valley met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday and sought his intervention into the matter for resolving the issue. THE SENTINEL