The student organsation of Tai Ahom community in Assam ATASU (All Tai Ahom Students Union) members on 4th March 2011 staged a sit in New Delhi seeking inclusion of the community in the Scheduled Tribe category as per the Article 342 of the Indian Constitution.
Atasu general secretary Moyur Borgohain said, “The ST status is a long-pending demand of the Tai Ahom community. They should be categorized as ST and incorporated in the list of ST (Plains).”
It may be mentioned that Tai Ahoms ruled Assam for almost 600 years from 1228 AD to 1826AD when it was annexed to British India after Yandabu Treaty with Burma.
With population of over 40 lacs, Ahoms are mostly living in upper Assam’s wealthy districts Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sibasagar, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji.
Many people ridicule the demand of ST status by Ahoms due to their glorious past while some support this demand as this may help implementation of constitutional safeguard against illegal Bangladesh migrants.
Many wealthy people like present Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, Union Cabinet Minister B K Handique belong to Tai Ahom community.