Dimapur, September 21: A Regional Symposium on “Citizenship Amendment Bill – Impact on North East India” was held at Dimapur Government College with Temjen Toy, IAS, Chief Secretary as Special Guest and Afrida Hussain, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Inside NE, as Resource Person.
Opening the Symposium the Chairperson,. Moamongla Aier, Asstt. Professor, Political Science, dwelt on the rationale and the need for conducting such a symposium on CAB.
Delivering the keynote address, Temjen Toy touched upon the issues, concerns and challenges related to CAB. Adding that citizenship is not for the state to decide, he dwelt on the nuances on how CAB may affect the indigenous people of Nagaland as well as the other North East States.
Resource Person, Afrida Hussain, gave an in-depth presentation beginning with the Citizenship Act of 1955. The concerns over the rights of the indigenous people were prominently highlighted, substantiated through the voices of some Chief Ministers of the States of North East India.
Dwelling on the idea of citizenship, she added that the CAB undermines National Register of Citizens (NRC) and therefore, the Assam Accord. She raised questions on this proposed exercise in the context of India being a secular and democratic country.
The presentation was followed by discussion moderated by Dr. Maongsangba, Associate Professor, Political Science, which shaped the recommendations of the symposium. Afterwards, a report on the recommendations of the symposium was heard from the rapporteurs, Dr. Asangba Tzudir, Asstt. Professor in Philosophy, and Dr. Yelhi Vero, Asstt. Professor in Economics.
Vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Khrienuo, HoD, Political Science.
The Symposium was followed by the inauguration of the “Friendship Park” by the Special Guest. The Park was built under the aegis of DGC RUSA Monitoring Cell.
Earlier, the welcome address was delivered by the Principal of the College, Kavili Jakhalu, who thanked Temjen Toy for gracing the symposium as the Special Guest and also the Resource Person, Afrida Hussain for coming all the way from Guwahati to attend the Symposium. She also acknowledged the presence of the Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol and members of civil society organisations , faculty and students of DGC who attended the program.
(Page News Service)