With both Central and State governments committed to implementing Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord, intended to ensure the preponderance of Assamiya identity, culture and language, there are fears that non-Assamiya people, mainly Bengali Hindus and Muslims, will suffer a total marginalisation. Life for them, post the CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), could turn into a journey that leads to a final conflagration from the frying pan. The rigorous implementation of Clause 6 would involve the total loss of their civil rights for non-Assamiya people in Assam.
With almost 100 per cent reservation to be mandatory for native Assamiyas (Hindus and Muslims) and scores of indigenous tribes in official jobs, educational institutions etc, non-Assamiyas may find it impossible to earn their livelihoods as normal citizens or acquire higher education. There are proposals also to prevent them from owning land or acquiring property. For the record, the present population of non-Assamiya is 2 million, as estimated during the recently ended NRC (National register of Citizens) upgrading. Unless about 50 per cent of the people are to be perpetually condemned to serfdom, this state of affairs must be discussed thoroughly at the highest level to find a balanced solution.
Major concern for such an existential crisis for such a large group of people is being regularly ventilated in the non-Assamese media by social observers, educationists and intellectuals during the last few weeks. There are no signs yet that the State and Central Governments, both run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are aware of the sharply rising tensions in the three Barak valley districts.