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'Adivasis are indigenous sons of the nation'

From a Correspondent
TANGLA, Sept 13: “Every human civilization has witnessed the phenomenon of migration. The Adivasis of the State have not migrated on their own choice rather they have been displaced and dispossessed of the resources of their homeland by the British for working in tea plantations of the State. Students should know the history of Adivasis,” remarked retired bank employee and writer Sanjay Tanti at a freshmen social function organized by Tangla College unit AASAA (All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam) in the auditorium hall of Bordoloi Bhavan,Tangla on Wednesday.
 Attending the programme as chief guest, Tanti further said, “Political and geographical boundaries have distorted the identity of people. The people who boast of being indigenous sons of soil have also migrated to this land decades back.” He criticized and lashed out at government agencies for floating the term tea tribe which is officially used in identity of Adivasis. He called it a bogus term. He also said that Adivasis were indigenous sons of the nation and they too had land rights even in autonomous council areas.
 Tanti also said that the descendants of Adivasis were tribals, their kins are tribals in Orissa, Jharkhand and other States but their sons and daughters living in Assam have been deprived of ST status. He exhorted the students to empower themselves with education and uphold the tradition and culture of the community.
 Speaking on the occasion, Udalguri district AASU general secretary Saiful Haque also exhorted the students to empower themselves with the tool of education so as to raise their voice on their social and political rights. The office bearers of Udalguri district unit AASAA and Tangla unit AASAA also attended the programme.