24th Jan 2020 11:01:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ES Reporter 
ITANAGAR, Jan 24: The Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union and NERIST Students' Union on Friday jointly organized a cultural protest rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act and conveyed their disapproval through acts, songs and traditional dances.
The rally began at Akashdeep and ended at Tennis Court with students dressed in traditional costumes representing various tribal communities of the Northeast showing the imminent dangers CAA can bring.a
President of RGUSU, Dopam Sonam stated that the purpose of cultural resistance is to create public awareness about the greater dangers which are in store for the tribal cultures and identities through the Act. “We want people to know how the newly enacted law will affect them and why they should  oppose it through cultural protests,” he added. He also criticized the state government for being insensitive to the CAA issue, which could cause a serious impact on the demographic structure of the Northeast in near future. “Our government is assuring people that there is no need to fear, but if you analyse it while looking the future prospects, you will find that CAA will pave the way for immigrants to enter the state and if we do not stand together and act right now then it would be useless to protest against the Act in the near future,” he explained.
“I fail to understand why the government is hell-bent on implementing CAA instead of focusing on challenges like unemployment, crime, economy etc. The government is adopting a devious strategy to distract public attention about jobs and income prospects with this controversial legislation,” another protester added. 
A student from NERIST, named Jasmine and who represented Assam in the protest while predicting that CAA will lead to increasing job losses and demographic change, said  that it will further deteriorate the growing economic insecurity and unemployment in the whole Northeast region.“There is a growing fear among the people of an ethnically-diverse state like Assam. Our people are spending anxious days thinking about the future generation, its safeguard from the overwhelming influx of immigrants,” she added and concluded her speech by chanting “Ami CAA Nai Manu, Jai Aai Axom.”
Another student said when the whole Northeast is burning, Arunachal cannot remain silent and appealed the public to come out and unite strongly against the controversial legislation.

Kenter Joya Riba

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