NIKHIL BHARAT BENGALI UDBASTU SAMANWAY SAMITI
H.O.: 3, Bajrangnagar, Jadumahal Road, Nagpur-27 (Maharashtra)
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MARCHING TOWARADS ITS GOAL
To fight against the day to day injustice meted out to the Bengali refugee minority members coming over from the erstwhile East Pakistan/Bangladesh to India after partition, the community members have decided to come together under single banner. The Nikhil Bharat Bengali Udbastu Samanay Samiti was thus formed with a goal of freeing the community members of their woes and secure all over freedom with fundamental rights from the government at the respective states and the central government. It is a matter of great honour for the members, those who have been working for the organization which came into existence on 10th January, 2010, it has not seen back, but marching ahead with added vigour and respect. The formation was welcomed in all states by the community members. The foundation stone of the Samiti was laid in Nagpur on 18th Sept, 2005 with a get together/seminar of the community members. An ad-hoc committee was thus formed on this day, and Dr. Subodh Biswas was named as the convenor to chalk out the further plans. Its aim was to fight for their rights under one single banner throughout the country keeping in view the nation-wide problems being faced by the members.
After formation of the central committee at the national level, the work of the organization picked up momentum. The community members, scattered in around 14 states, began to enrol themselves with the national samiti. The committee thus took up the cause of its community members and started to resolve the issues with the full support from its members.
The works undertaken in the right ernest were: 1) To demand re-assessment of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2003, 2) Permanent patta (land) and its ownership rights to those rehabilitated refugees at different places/ and also issuance of pattas to those still detained in refugee camps, 3)Issue SC caste certificates to those refugee Bengalis, who belong to the same community, 4) Inclusion of names in the voters list omitted in UP and other states, who enjoyed the facility earlier, 5) To protect the life and property of Bengali refugees settled in different states of India. The committee has also taken up the task to see that those Hindu Bengali refugees, kept in the detention camps with allegation of being Bangladeshi because they speak Bengali. Further, these people are not given chance to prove themselves innocent. They are facing wrath of being deported without any kind of judicial forum enquiry and any opportunity to prove their stand. This was the point where the Bengali refugees were hurt and the Samiti came into being to fight out the injustice meted out to them.
After formation of the Central committee, the organization started state level dharnas and seminars. The outcome of these programmes were positive in all manner. All the units in the respective states participated in full strength to show their unity and support. The samiti is grateful to those who have poured in their labour to make these programmes a success.
A national level conference was organized at Pillibhit on November 11 and 12, which was also a big success for the organization. All the central committee members participated in the two-day programme . An open session was held on the concluding day attended by around 20,000 delegates coming from across the country. After the two-programmes, the committee members forwarded their charter of demands to the UP Chief Minister Ms Mayawati and to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.
Later at Delhi, a two-day dharna programme was organized on November 21, 22 followed by a padyatra (rally) on November 23, 2011 from Samta Sthal to Jantar Mantar . Around 10,000 members of the community coming from all over the country took part in the rally. The rally culminated in a public meeting at the Jantar Mantar addressed by the members of the central leadership of the organization and also a number of renowned personalities. The Samiti members also forwarded a memorandum of demands to the Prime Minister and the President of India, which was well received.
Dignitaries, who visited the dharna and addressed the rally in Delhi include Hon. Dr. Rajkumar Verka, Min. of State, Govt of India and Dy. Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Castes, Mr. Pradeep Majhee, MP, Nabrangpur, Orissa, Mr. Debabrata Biswas, Gen. Secretary, Forward Bloc, Mr. Varun Gandhi, MP, Pillibhit, Mr. Sanjay Chouhan, MP, Bijnour, Kumar Bhartendu Singh, Ex-minister, UP, Mr. Shivarama Garda, MP, Kumari Ruchivera, ZP President, UP, Swami Sanatananandji, from Bharat Sewashram, Kolkatta, Mr. Nimai Sarkar, MLA from Orissa.
In Maharashtra, the samiti organized dharnas in various districts like Gondia, Gadchiroli, Chandrapur, Bhandara and Nagpur on Dec. 14, 2011. Around 20,000 volunteers took part in the programmes. The media also highlighted the dharna live. A delegation of the Samiti handed over a charter of demands to the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr. Prithvaraj Chavan on Dec. 16 and held discussion with him. The CM gave patient hearing to the delegates and assured to solve the problems in the state. The Samiti members held discussions on Dec. 19, 2011 with Mah. Home Minister Mr. R.R. (Aba) Patil on the several issues lingering through years. Mr. Patil also assured them to solve the problems.
Likewise, at Dharamtala, Kolkata, a dharna programme was organized on Dec. 28. A delegation of NIBBUSS forwarded a charter of demands to the West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee and also to the West Bengal Governor.
A state-level open convention was organized at Guwahati in Assam, on March 25, 2012 which was attended by around 15000 members. This was a historic moment, for this was for the first occasion when Bengali minority refugees gathered at the venue in such a large number. The speakers seated on the dais applauded the efforts of the organizers and assured them to solve their problems at the earliest possible. Mr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Assam Health and Education Minister, assured the gathering to appoint a committee to discuss the issues, especially on the citizenship aspect and detention of these refugees, to be recommended to the Central Government. Smt. Bijoya Chakraborty, MP and BJP Vice President, welcomed Mr. Sarma's decision and assured to raise the issues in the Parliament. NIBBUSS National President Dr. Subodh Biswas attended the convention. Apart from him, CEC General Secretary Promananda Gharami, State President Adv. Sahadev Das and other members of the state-level Samiti were present at the session.
Mr. Subodh Biswas, National President also met Mr. Nitinji Gadkari, BJP National President on Nov 15, 2011 and deliberated on the various issues of the community. Deputations were also handed over to Mr. Akhilesh Yadav, State chief of Samajwadi Party, UP, Mr. Jitendra Prasad, Transport Minister, Central Govt., have supported the just cause of the NIBBUSS. Mr. R.S. Gavai, former Governor, Mr. Anil Sarkar, Education Minister, Tripura, Ms. Brinda Karat, ex-MP, CPM, Mr. Sharad Yadav, MP, Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, MP and Smt. Jharna Das, MP from Assam have issued letters supporting the just demands of the organization. Former Prime Minister S.D. Deve Gowda has also supported the demands of the Samiti. The NIBBUSS had vowed to strengthen its organization from the grass root and the fight for their genuine demands on the Delhi streets until the demands are fulfilled.
The Bengali minority community, which is facing the torturous treatment and humiliation throughout the nation in different states, is uniting fast to fight out the injustice meted out to them during all these long period. The most worsening part of their woes is that for no fault of theirs, the community members are being detained in the detention camps pending proper judicial inquiry and without getting opportunity to prove themselves as innocent. Hanged on both the sides, they are vowed to completely resolve the issues lingering since freedom of the nation.
Mr. Promananda Gharami Dr. Subodh Biswas
Gen. Secretary, NIBBUSS National President, NIBBUSS