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rrival of 19 May 2015 calls for updation of this website. This site set sail its journey back in 2010 coinciding with the fiftieth year of the historic 19 May with an appeal for mutual understanding, trust building and social amity. And our friends across the world reciprocated with huge response right from the moment this web portal went on the net. Perhaps we were not equal to the task.

A series of developments took place on the ground of Nineteenth which were not reflected in the pages of this web portal as we did not update the same with required regularity. However, we have always been conscious of the fact that any website needs continuous updation. It’s not a onetime publication, but an ongoing online process. Every Nineteenth May in a way is a reaffirmation of our commitment towards continuity.

Equally true is the realization that Nineteenth is not merely an anal of history. It is a continuous process of historiography constructed out of everyday happening in society, culture and politics. Every Nineteenth arrives in the face of new adversities and challenges, but leaves behind a new promise in its trail.

This year as Nineteenth draws in, the Bengali in Barak Valley as well as in Assam face a grim battle for existence. The ongoing process of updation of National Register of Citizens in Assam is sure to pose a big problem before both Bengali Hindu and Bengali Muslim communities in the State as they are apprehending losing their citizenship. Add to it the more recent controversy centering on the political construction of Assamese to implement the undemocratic Clause 6 of the nefarious Assam Accord of 1985. Both religious and linguistic minorities of Assam are under the grip of a fresh panic as the chauvinistic design of the late seventies and eighties is revisiting the State in the garb of finding a new definition of ‘Assamese’. The AASU sponsored violent anti-Bengali agitation culminated in the signing of the Assam Accord in 1985 under the aegis of Rajiv Gandhi. Controversial Clause 6 of the Accord took away the democratic rights of the non-Assamese people living in the State for centuries. The multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual state of Assam was sought to be turned into a state for the Assamese only. The democratic forces in Assam voiced their due concern when the xenophobic forces in Assam were agog with the ‘victory’ of the Assamese people.

Thirty years on those apprehensions are now coming true. This year 19 May will be observed in the midst of this stark reality. Nineteenth will definitely appeal for securing the citizenship right of all Indians across language and religion. Nineteenth will surely voice for restoration of constitutional safeguards of each and every individual living in Assam. Nineteenth will certainly expect that social and communal bonding of Bengali to grow even stronger. For that is the only way towards rededication of ourselves for fostering camaraderie among people blurring cultural, linguistic and religious boundaries.

Let this message reverberate in the conflict corridors of Assam-Nineteenth is for you, for me, for us and for all. Our everyday dialogue, our music, our poetry, our painting, our films, our literature and, of course, our existence should bear this immortal signature of Nineteenth.


We long for your friendship!

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