Constitutional indigenous status demanded by Gorkha community
Gorkhafa Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) speaking at ‘Raithaney Gorkha Bhela’ reteirated the demand that Gorkhas should be recognized as Indigenous community of Assam in the NRC Upgradation process, like other communities of Assam without any discrimination. He further added that Assam Accord cut off date 24th March 1971 midnight should be applicable to Gorkhas because Gorkhas are ‘Son of the Soil’ and is an indigenous community of the state. Gorkhas have been part of the Assam Agitation to drive out illegal Bangladeshi and Foreigners and laid down lives as one of the agitating community.’
Chetry questioned the Government of Assam, "How can a constituent community of Assam Agitation be charged with the paragraphs of the accord meant for illegal foreigners, to be more specific Bangladeshis? It is not acceptable." Therefore, Gorkhas should be recognized as indigenous community by Government of Assam. He made it loud and clear that the democratic, peaceful, nonviolent movements is not for mere demanding of status in NRC and the Gorkhas are in favour of no single illegal migrants or foreigners name getting included in NRC and it should upgraded constitutionally.
More than 15,000 Gorkhas assembled at the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela organized by Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) with support from indigenous Gorkhas of Assam supported by 10 Gorkha Ethnic Organizations namely Tamang, Limboo, Khambu Rai, Yakha Dewan, Khas, Bhujel, Thakuri, Mangar, Gurung and Newar and a number of Non Government Organisations (NGOs). People supported the movement spontaneously and made it a people’s movement despite of obstructions from various quarters of the society.
On successful completion of 650km Marathon March – the foot long march rally that had started from Murkong Selek at Jonai in Dhemaji District to Assam Secretariat, Dispur, Guwahati Assam from 19th July to 5th Aug, the Government of Assam represented by its senior cabinet minister and president of Asom Gana Parishad- the regional political party of Assam born out of Assam agitation now an ally of BJP led Government of Assam had promised to hold talks with Chief minister of Assam, Sarbanada Sonowal and his cabinet with in 20th Aug which failed miserably.
Today at the Raithaney Gorkha Bhela – GACDC Chairman threatened to ‘Fast Unto Death’ from 18th Oct 2015 if the demands are not met which are as follows tripartiate talks between GACDC, Assam Government and Government of India for indigenous status of Gorkhas in Assam and no discrimination in up-gradation of NRC process