Assam CM Sets Conditions for Bengali-speaking Muslims to be Recognized as Indigenous People

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma lays down conditions for Bengali-speaking Muslims to be recognized as indigenous people in the state, urging them to forsake practices like child marriage and polygamy.

Assam CM’s Bold Stand

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has made headlines once again with his bold statements regarding the recognition of Bengali-speaking Muslims, known as ‘Miya’, as indigenous people of the state. In a recent speech, Sarma laid down clear conditions for the 'Miyas' to be considered 'khilonjiya' or indigenous residents of Assam.

Sarma emphasized that in order to be recognized as indigenous, the Bengali-speaking Muslims must abandon practices such as child marriage and polygamy. He stressed the importance of women's education and highlighted the need for the community to adhere to Assamese customs and traditions.

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Challenging Social Evils

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma did not mince words when addressing the issue of child marriage and polygamy within the Bengali-speaking Muslim community. He firmly stated that practices like marrying multiple times are not a part of Assamese culture, where girls are revered as goddesses.

Sarma's strong stance against child marriage is evident in the initiatives launched by the Assam government to crack down on this harmful practice. The Chief Minister reiterated his commitment to eradicating underage marriages from the state by 2026, showcasing his dedication to social reform.

Path to Recognition

By setting conditions for the Bengali-speaking Muslim community to be recognized as indigenous, Sarma is paving the way for social integration and harmony in Assam. His call for the 'Miyas' to align with Assamese customs underscores the importance of cultural assimilation and mutual respect.

If the Bengali-speaking Muslims can embrace Assamese traditions and values, they too will be considered 'indigenous' residents of the state. Sarma's message serves as a reminder of the significance of upholding cultural norms while fostering inclusivity.

As Assam gears up for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Sarma's statements have sparked conversations about identity, tradition, and social reform. His unwavering commitment to challenging age-old practices reflects his vision for a progressive and inclusive Assamese society.

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