Guwahati: RTI activist and former member of Team Anna, Akhil Gogoi, said that the 6-year anti-foreigner movement in the ’80s was a middle class-inspired protest that benefited that class. He added that it completely sidelined the economic issues of the state and did nothing for the downtrodden.
On the eve of a two-day national conclave on infiltration that started on Wednesday, Akhil said that his organisation Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS)’s next agenda would be to make the issue a people’s movement in which the deprived masses, irrespective of their religious and racial identities, take part and attempt to find a solution objectively. Anti-graft activist Anna Hazare and a host of other activists will join in the conclave.
Akhil said that “The Assam Accord has no mention of establishment of educational infrastructure for the benefit of poor and backward children. Instead, an IIT and a central university were demanded in the accord. On the economic front, it is confined to Numaligarh Refinery and the gas cracker project. Ideologically, the accord was pro-corporate one.”
But, Akhil said that the people’s movement against the influx problem will not tread religious, linguistic or racial lines. He added that the attempt will be to bridge the divisions created among the communities post the Assam Agitation and solving the problem of infiltration.
Akhil said that “We do not want to see the foreigner problem from the angle of religion, language or ethnicity. There will be space for the aspiration of lower class and indigenous people. Ours will be a humanistic and objective approach towards solving the influx problem.”