Won’t tolerate any separatist movement: Bengal CM

SILIGURI: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear on Monday that the government would not tolerate any separatist movement in the state and would deal with any such movement strictly.
While delivering her speech during the inauguration of Uttarkanya, the secretariat for north Bengal at Siliguri, Mamata Banerjee went hammer and tongs at the Kamtapur People’s Party (KPP) and Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) charging the outfits of provoking Rajbanshi youths in the name of recognition of Rajbanshi language. Read Full Story

CKRSD on ST status for Koch Rajbongshis

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER, The Sentinel

GUWAHATI, October 24: “For the purpose of considering the demands of the Koch–Rajbongshi people of the State for their inclusion in the ST list, the Tribal Research Institute, Government of Assam undertook a detailed field investigation in the light of the aforesaid criteria and on August 9, 1994, the Tribal Research Institute submitted its report. The report stated that there are adequate justifications for the inclusion of the Koch–Rajbongshi community in the ST list of Assam,” said chairperson of Centre for Koch Rajbongshi Studies and Development (CKRSD) Vikram Rajkhowa in a press conference held at the Guwahati Press Club on Thursday. He was referring to the long standing demand of the Koch Rajbonghsi community to be inducted in the ST list of Assam. Read More

Gauhati High Court admits Writ Petition in Koch-Rajbongshi S.T issue

Tuesday, 08 October, 2013, the Gauhati High Court admits the Writ Petition being W.P (C) No. 5978 / 2013, in regard to the scheduling of the Koch-Rajbongshi community in the Scheduled Tribe’s list of Assam, filed by Centre for Koch Rajbanshi Studies and Development (CKRSD), a non-profit organization from Guwahati, represented by its Chairperson, Sri. Vikram Rajkhowa and Managing Trustee, Sri. Arup Jyoti Das. Hon’ble Justice Ujjal Bhuyan issued Rule to both the State and the Central Govt. giving three months notice.

The Koch-Rajbongshi community of Assam is an indigenous aboriginal tribe of North-East India, which has been demanding for inclusion of their community in the S.T lists of Assam since 1968. On 09/08/1994 the Tribal Research Institute, Govt. of Assam submitted a report stating that there are adequate justifications for the inclusion of the Koch-Rajbongshi community in the S.T lists of Assam. Based on the said report the Registrar General of India had also given ‘No Objection’ to the inclusion of the community in the S.T list of Assam. Thereafter the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 1996 to provide for inclusion of Koch-Rajbongshi in the S.T list of Assam was introduced in the Lok Sabha on 14/02/1996 and again on 12/07/1996. The House referred the said Bill to a Select Committee of Lok Sabha, which also recommended the inclusion of the Koch-Rajbongshi community in the S.T lists of Assam. In the meantime as Parliament was not in session the President promulgated the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Ordinance, 9 of 1996 on 27/01/1996 to give effect to the Scheduling of the Koch-Rajbongshi community in the S.T lists of Assam. The said Ordinance was re-promulgated three times, i.e., Ordinance No. 19 of 1996, No. 30 of 1996 and No. 3 of 1997, but as the Bill was not enacted on time the said Ordinance lapsed and since then the issue of the inclusion of the Koch-Rajbongshi community in the S.T lists of Assam is hanging. Being aggrieved the Centre for Koch Rajbanshi Studies and Development (CKRSD) has filed the present petition before the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court seeking adequate relief.

The Chief Secretary – Govt. of Assam, the WPTBC Deptt. – Govt of Assam, the Tribal Research Institute – Govt. of Assam, the Secretary – Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Secretary – Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India has been made respondents. Senior Advocate, Sri. P.K Goswami and Advocate, Sri. Santanu Borthakur, is appearing for the petitioners before the Hon’ble Gauhati High Court.

Writer and Poet Kamaleswar Sarkar awarded CKRSD Senior Scholarship

Cooch Behar based Koch Rajbanshi Writer and Poet Kamaleswar Sarkar has been selected for the CKRSD senior Scholarship award for the year 2o13-14 by the board of trustees of Centre for Koch Rajbanshi Studies and Development (CKRSD). Mr. Sarkar has been writing in the Rajbanshi-Kamatapuri language for a long time and is the most respected poet of the Community. He is also a great collector of manuscripts and valuable documents related to the past of Kamatapur region. Though his fist literary work is in Bengali (Hat tolo traffic) language, later he decided to write only in Kamatapuri language. Duske Din Jai, Re Bandhav and Ei Manshi Jivan are his poetry collections in Kamatapuri Language. He is one of the pioneers in promoting Rajbanshi-Kamatapuri language as the medium of primary education in North Bengal. He has authored one novel titled Nayaneswari in Rajbanshi-Kamatapuri language. Mr. Sarkar was born in 1954 in Cooch Behar.  The Scholarship will be given for 12 months with effect from September 2013.  

Centre for Koch Rajbanshi Studies and Development (CKRSD) is a non-profit organization devoted to the development of the Koch Rajbanshis of India. The CKRSD Scholarship programme wishes to encourage Koch Rajbanshi writers and artists to continue their work despite the hurdles they faced in the society and life. CKRSD will welcome if anyone wishes to contribute in the scholarship programme.

Rajbongshis in Bengal join hands for separate Kamtapur

The coming together of the Kamtapur People’s Party and Kamtapur Progressive Party has proved to be a huge morale booster for pro-Kamtapur activists, who had been neutralized after the Kamtapur Liberation Organization (KLO) movement was crushed in 2003. Two leaders of the respective parties – Nikhil Roy and Atul Roy – have been elected to jointly lead the movement at a recent meeting in Maynaguri. Full Story

KLO role likely in fresh Kamatapur stir

GUWAHATI: Intelligence agencies are apprehensive that a violent situation might arise in theKoch-Rajbongshi-inhabited areas of lower Assam where the demand for a separate state ofKamatapur is now likely to be intensified by the Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO), a militant outfit.

“The movement for Kamatapur will certainly intensify, and since there is an armed outfit involved, the situation could be violent. A large number of cadres of the KLO have received training in Myanmar and may enter the state and join the movement. There is a feeling that no solution can be achieved without violence,” a source said. Full Story