Guwahati: The concerns around the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) continue even after the widespread protests have calmed down, at least in the Northeast.
People from all walks of life are asking the ones in power to come out and talk in open and convince them of the need for CAA-NRC. One such attempt was made by a stand-up comedian and former journalist Abhineet Mishra.
The Shillong native has been quite vocal on the entire CAA-NRC predicament. Via a tweet, Mishra challenged Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for a panel debate. He wrote, “Dear @himantabiswa, I have a request. Let’s do a small panel debate on #CAA_NRC on a channel and time of your choosing. Let’s have a live audience. Either you convince us or I convince you. Works?”
To this, Sarma replied, “I have already publicly requested Advisor of AASU Sri Samujjal Bhattacharya to join us for a debate in Srimanta Sankardebava kalakhetra on CAA, NRC and on the factual details of assurances given by Honble HM @AmitShah during his discussion with AASU leadership.”
Acknowledging the reply, the standup comedian wrote, “Assam needs it and looks forward to it @himantabiswa.”
Mishra has been vocal about Northeast and issues from the region. Last year, his video about media ignorance around miners trapped in a rat hole mine in Meghalaya went viral. This year, he spoke about media apathy for Assam floods, and has been quite articulate about the entire CAA-NRC mesh as well.