The rebel groups have criticised the recent happenings during the covid-19 pandemic in the major metropolitan cities of India Credit: Representational image

Agartala: Ahead of the 74th Independence Day, six insurgent outfits of Northeast India have announced to boycott the celebrations by announcing a total shutdown for 11 hours in the region from 6 am to 5 pm on August 15.

In a joint press statement, a copy of which is available with EastMojo, the rebel groups state that India is going to celebrate her 73rd Independence Day on August 15, 2020. Even though some Indian nationalist historians claimed her to have been an ethnic melting pot, she has never been able to attain the status of an ethnically harmonious political entity, the statement said.

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The six banned groups which made the joint statement include Hynniewtrep National Council (HNLC) based in Meghalaya, Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) from Manipur, Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) from Manipur, Kamtapur Liberation Organization (KLO) based in Assam and parts of West Bengal, People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK) based in Assam and National Liberation Front of Twipra (NLFT), a banned insurgent group from Tripura.

“…the very foundation of present India is structurally fragile and armed forces are the only reliable bedrock. This and this alone is the strong thread that held India together; other invisible threads are either unreal or simply imaginary,” the statement read.

The statement also cited that the Congress could not surmount the rise of regionalism in the 1960s and 1970s and later, it learnt to live with them. Even the so-called invincible juggernaut of BJP cannot make a dent in the popularity of many regional parties, the statement added.

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The insurgent groups asserted that the WESEA is a unique case in the totality of India. “The peripheral rimland colonies are different from heartland India. WESEA is more different. The Wesean people’s craze for the ruling political party of India is not a result of our emotional integration with mainland India,” they said.

“…the proposition, that our association with India pushes us to hell, is proven to be politically correct beyond all doubt by the recent happenings during the covid-19 pandemic in the major metropolitan cities of India. We, Weseans, were racially discriminated, spat upon, driven out of rented houses, refused to shop, to get medical treatment, etc,” read the statement issued on August 10.

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It also said that such acts were done, not by uneducated urchins, but by educated middle-aged middle-class people. Racial discrimination against the Mongoloid-looking people of WESEA has been prevalent for a long time in mainland India.

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Meanwhile, speaking with EastMojo, Rajiv Saingh, additional director general (law and order), Tripura, said that the police are always on alert and the forces are always on the move.

“We are always on alert and when it comes to red letters days like Independence Day, the forces are always on full alert and on the move,” Singh added.

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