NESO observes 'black day' in NE capitals against CAA

Guwahati/Agartala, Dec 11 (IANS): The North East Students' Organisation (NESO) on Monday observed the 'black day' across the region against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

December 11 marked the fourth anniversary of the passage of the CAA in the Parliament.

The student body, which is a conglomerate of eight student organisations of seven northeastern states including the All Assam Students' Union (AASU), displayed black flags and banners while staging protests in the capital cities of northeastern states. It demanded scrapping the contentious law.


NESO and few other organisations have been spearheading the agitations across the region since the BJP-led Central government passed the CAA in the Parliament in 2019.

"We have observed 'black day' all over northeast to tell the Central government that we are against the CAA that was passed in the Parliament on December 11, 2019 despite widespread protests," NESO Chairman Samuel B. Jyrwa told IANS.

In Assam, which was the epicentre of the anti-CAA protests in 2019, the AASU with black flags held a protest demonstration at Swahid Bhawan in Guwahati.

NESO constituent Twipra Student Federation (TSF) advisor Upendra Debbarma said: "The observance of 'black day' is to give a message to the government of India that we are vehemently against the CAA and also at the same time to remind our people of yet another political injustice that the government perpetrated on the indigenous peoples of the northeast."

Debbarma, former President of TSF, demanded repealing CAA from the northeast.

The anti-CAA protests had first started in Assam, parts of West Bengal and other northeastern states in 2019 and continued till 2020 before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

At least five persons were killed in the protests against the CAA in Assam, which also witnessed large-scale violence and imposition of curfew for several days.

The CAA seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim minorities -- Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians -- who have migrated from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan till December 31, 2014, after facing faith-based persecution.

It was passed by both the Houses of Parliament and given Presidential assent in December 2019.

However, rules under the CAA are yet to be framed.



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  • T.Lobo, Bejai/Dubai

    Thu, Dec 14 2023

    When we can't trust traffic cops and municipal corporation officers to work honestly without bribes then how can we trust some northie beauracrate to honestly assess who is Bharatiya and who is not. Better to do DNA test instead of this CAA NRC. This is all aryan conspiracy to wipe out non aryan communities and minority families.

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  • Gautam Das, Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 11 2023

    CAA, NRC and NRR are smoke screens of central govt to segregate BJP lovers from BJP haters. If people are found without proper immigration and domicile status, they will be given citizenship provided they vote for BJP and those who oppose BJP even with proper domicile status and legal immigration documents will be denied citizenship and will be put in detention centres. This is the jist of CAA of BJP govt.

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