Boko Clash and Story of ‘Council’s in Assam

As per recent reports, a clash broke out between a group of people of Rabha origins and another group led by Garo and non-tribal people at Boko, just outskirt of Guwahati city on 9th Sept afternoon in 2010. The clash resulted in death of one person and injury of more than four others.

As per report, a group of more than 1000 people tried to stage demonstration at Lokpriya Gopinath Bardoloi international airport against inclusion of their villages in Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council. While the group of Rabha people were opposing this demonstration!

After the end of Bodo agitation for separate Bodoland with BTC ( Bodoland Territorial Council, which now became BTAD – Bodoland Territorial Areas District under sixth schedule of Indian Constitution), many autonomous councils for other tribes of Assam sprang up without any demarcation of borders. Most probably, these district councils were created in order to pacify the other tribes after the BTC accord, without going into details of its repercussions.

While, the other tribal communities like Mising, Rabha, Tiwa, Deuri etc. were also demanding sixth schedule, if not separate state, but their populations were not as big as the Bodos and they were not concentrated in a contagious geographical areas. Misings dominate few subdivisions in Assam bordering Arunachal Pradesh as well as Majuli, the largest river island in the world. The same goes for Tiwa, Rabha and others.

Recently, there was a talk of giving sixth schedule status to Mising Autonomous councils and some other groups residing alongside Mising populations in Dhemaji districts had opposed it instantly. Mising is second largest tribal community in Assam after the Bodos, and they belong to greater Tani group of communities in Arunachal Pradesh.

Instead of constituting autonomous councils for tribal groups in Assam, most probably, it would have been worth while try to find out the genesis of tribal alienation from mainstream Assamese society and study about the reasons for the reversal of process of assimilation by the tribal population in Assam.

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