Seminar on autonomy movement in North East India

Inaugurating the seminar Prof Girin Phukon, Deptt of Political Science, Dibrugarh University expressed that autonomy movement was not only led to the creation of an atmosphere of mutual distrust among the peace-loving people in the North east, but also posed threats to protection of human rights and emotional integration of the country.

The seminar was held under the chairmanship of Dr Nani Gopal Mahanta, Deptt of Political Science, Gauhati University. The welcome address was delivered by Kamal Gogoi, chairman, organising committee, while the objectives of the seminar was addressed by Bhupen Gogoi, co-ordinator organising committee. The inaugural programme was attended as guest by the chairman of GB of the college Dr Puspa Gogoi, principal of Silapathar College Debiram Pegu, retd professor of Dhemaji College, Gobin Ch Medok, president of Sanmilit Sahitya Sabha Manch, Dr Basanta Kr Doley, S Borah, B Boruah and opthalmologist, Dhemaji Civil Hospital Dr J Upadhyaya.

The first business session was held under the presidentship of Prof Girin Phukan, Deptt of Political Science, Dibrugarh University. Among those who presented papers were Jugal Saikia of Goreswar College on ‘Historical background or legacy of various autonomy movements in the North-East’, Dr Basanta Kumar Doley of Silapathar College on ‘Autonomy movement in Assam : past and present with special reference to plains tribes of the State’, D Letkhojam Haokip, junior fellow ICHR on ‘Historical legacy of Kuki movements with special reference to Manipur’, Baharul Islam of LTK College Lakhimpur on ‘Language is the potent cause for ethnic movement in the north eastern region with special reference to Assam,’ Deba Kr Dutta of Moridhal college on ‘Socio economic impact of autonomy movement in North East India with special reference to Assam’ and Moni Kt Kuli on ‘Origin and root causes of the emergence of autonomous council and its impact on the Mising community.’

Attending as a resource person, Dr Nani Gopal Mahanta focused on how to ensure the participation of all ethnic community in the governance. He also expressed about the root cause of conflict of micro identity, macro identity and state. He also delivered lecture on ‘Autonomy movement and identity in North East India: Issues and challenges.”

On February 10, Moridhal College also organised a poet conference at the Moridhal College premises.

\\"The Assam Tribune \\" 14.02.2007