Badruddin Ajmal is Assam’s tallest Muslim leader. S.N.M. Abdi talks to the Dhubri MP and president of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), the state’s principal opposition party, about casualties and the efficacy of relief operations.
The official death toll is 56. What is your figure?
There are hundreds of corpses rotting in remote areas where well-planned cleansing drives were executed with the blessings of the administration. A proper headcount of the dead or missing will take a very long time.
Any idea of the Bodo/Muslim break-up of casualties?
Ninety per cent of those killed are Muslims. If I even attempt an estimate of the factual toll, I’ll be accused of making provocative statements and obstructing the return of normalcy. So I don’t want to go public with the information collected by my party. But I’ll open my mouth after the government comes up with its final death toll.
Your party has accused the state of turning a blind eye to the massacre of Muslims. It’s a very serious charge.
Tarun Gogoi has betrayed those he is constitutionally bound to protect. He is not only the CM but also the home minister. So he has no excuses. It’s now as clear as daylight that the CM had advance information of preparations to kill Muslims. But he did not act. Now he is transferring DCs, SPs, SDOs, SDPOs and officers-in-charge. FIRs should be immediately filed against the guilty officials and they must be tried. If the CM has a conscience, he should resign. He’s solely responsible.
Why demand a CBI inquiry?
Because Muslims have no faith in the state government. The PM is an MP from Assam. He must order an impartial, independent investigation instead of being misguided and misinformed by the CM who has much to hide.
Are you satisfied with the pace of relief and rehabilitation measures?
The whole exercise is a farce. Even the victims of the 1993 violence are yet to be rehabilitated. India has no idea of what’s going on in Assam.
There are reports that infiltrating Bangladeshis instigated the current flare-up.
These are cock-and-bull stories spun by the BJP. R.K. Singh, the union home secretary, shot down these conspiracy theories no sooner than they were aired. Anyone propagating that Bangladeshis infiltrated India and ignited trouble is insulting our armed forces guarding the country’s international border. These are patently anti-national theories to shield the guilty; they have nothing to do with reality.
Indian Muslims deserve something better than to have their nationality questioned by every Tom, Dick and Hari. Nor do communal headlines like the one assigned to the interview with Badruddin Ajmal—‘90 per cent of those killed are Muslims’—help. Did the non-Muslims who die not matter? Do we have to put communal labels even to our dead?
Gaurab Banerjee, Calcutta
Why could Ajmal not be described as Assam’s “most powerful” Muslim leader? Why call him the tallest?
Apropos your interview with Badruddin Ajmal, let’s set the facts straight about ‘Assam’s tallest Muslim leader’ (‘Ninety per cent of those killed are Muslims’, Aug 13). The son of a Bangladeshi migrant, ‘Ajmal Seth’ made his money in his adopted home through an agar tree oil business. The profits of this he has used to illegally import his fellow Bangladeshis into Assam as also other parts of India. Despite the help the state has given him, he sees Assam merely as a resource to be exploited.
Gov of India specially an Indian home minisitry ,and our an Indian Army as well as BSF must
take rapid actions to stop these illegial banladeshi enter in to our an Indian side. So far our PM is not serious abou these illigal bangladeshi who are making serious crime and killed our
an Indian brothrs and sisters.We Indians are free to move aney where in India and settled in aney
Indian state.Now time has come we Indians shoud move and sattled in Assam and make 98% Indian. I must request to our respected PM to send special Army forces to protect our Indian brothers and sisters in Assam
population in Assam. It our duty to throw these illigal bangadeshi from Assam and save our Mother land India.
Long Live our Indian Unity.
Respected people, let me first point out that this is a web page of a very respected publication so please refrain yourself from using explicits. Your language reflects your education and family background. Now let us get the facts straight about Badaruddin Azmal. His father was a bangladeshi migrant who settled in a place called Hojai in Nowgong district of Assam. He was respectifully called by the people of Assam as Azmal Seth. He made a lot of money in his adopted land through his business in Agar tree oil. The people of Assam never considered him a migrant and always helped him in his business ventures, profits of which he used extensively to illegally import his fellow bangladeshis into Assam. He expanded his business and network to also inject illegal bangladeshis into other parts of India as well. Especially into West Bengal and Mumbai. His son Badradduin Azmal was born in mumbai from one of his many wives. He was mostly educated and brought up in Mumbai, Bangladesh and the Middle East. He had nothing to do with Assam except exploit her and dump more bangladeshis into her. His interest in Assam only grew after his father expired and as he was taught business from an early age. He saw the true potential and the gain he will make to set his base in Assam. This was more possible because by now bangladeshis have become the majority populace in more than 10 districts in Assam. The case with Assam and the northeast was that most parts of it were, till bangladeshis invaded, sparsely populated. So the first waves of illegeal immigrants were seen n sensed but dissappeared very quickly into Assam's vast unexplored expanse and also from the memories of the peaceful ethnic and local people. But then, there always comes a time of saturation and blow back. You see, Assam could only take so much of the uneducated and parasite like bangladeshis. It had to react and explode one day. After all now it is the very matter of survival for the indegenious populace of Assam. And so this happened. And now we the people of Assam are fighting for survival against foreign invasion. Just as India and Pakistan war this is India and Bangladesh war. So where does religion come in here? Why are the people doing this? Have you people forgotten that we are also a part of your India and we are merely trying to repel foreign invasion from the land which you the people of India constitutionally promised to protect. It can never be expected that Badruddin Azmal would ever help in stopping illegal bangladeshi influx into Assam. He is afterall of bangladeshi descent. He cannot compel himself to stop his own blood, his brothers and sisters from swarming into Assam. How could he? So now it becomes a matter of going towards your fellow citizens or siding with the illegal foreigners. And let me remind you, country before self and religion. If you the people of India support these foriegners merely because coincidentally you happen to belong from the same religious belief. Then you are just unpatriotic citizens who can never help India climb out of her sorrows and grief. And then these people and their supporters claim that even they were a part of India before independence. Well they were till they decided to part with her. So inviting them in is like inviting in the pakistanis as well. India is struggling so hard to keep Kashmir. Then why is India letting us be taken so easily by these foreigners? Just take a look at their pictures and ours. How can you say we are the same? How can you side with them knowing they are foreigners? And letting us your fellow citizens die and wither in vain...
@Syed Tajammul:Miyah,tum kaha padhe likho ki jamaat me aa gaye?
@R.Saroja://Laws are meant to protect the weak//
How has nehruvian- bend over backwards for people percieved as 'weak'-ideas,
worked out for India?
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