There is a huge backlash in Arunachal Pradesh, disrupting normal life, due to the SC direction. There was a total shutdown today , apart from violent reactions from people of the state.
But wasn’t this anticipated when the home mini stry recently held a meeting on the issue with chief minister Pema Khandu?
Yes, the meeting discussed repercussions of the SC direction and we all agreed that constitutional status and rights of the indigenous Arunachalese tribes should be protected.
What are your primary concerns regarding grant of citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees?
The original population of Chakmas and Hajongs when they were taken in by the then Congress government between 1964 and 1969 was 14,888.Now, official figures put their number at 64,000 and unofficially it exceeds 1 lakh. How can we grant citizenship to so many illegal immigrants? How will the state government determine who are the original
In East Arunachal, where the refugees reside, the population of each indigenous Arunachal tribe is a few thousand. If ChakmasHajongs are given citizenship as permanent residents of Arunachal, the indigenous tribes will be completely outnumbered and become a hopeless minority . Also, the indigenous tribes of Arunachal are listed under constitutional provisions. How can more tribes be added without amending the Constitution? The SC must correct these anomalies.
As carried in TOI on 20/9/2017