Guwahati, January 15, 2019:

In the wee hours of the morning of Magh Bihu, the elderly residents of the Odalbakra locality in Guwahati city of Assam stepped out of their residences determined to make their voices heard.

Support Independent Media

Support us in our efforts to bring authentic, extensive and thorough news coverage from Northeast India. Do support independent media as good journalism can only survive when a media organization is both editorially and financially independent.

Pay for quality news

ALSO READ: AASU Kicks Off Bihu Celebrations by Burning ‘CAA’

Congregating at the Savitri Bharali School playground, where they had constructed several mejus (traditional bonfire) the elderly citizens brought out leaflets of the CAA, and tearing the copies into pieces, threw them into the flames of the ‘meji’ that burned brightly, perhaps symbolizing the rage and resentment of the public over the imposition of the CAA.

Their children and grandchildren also accompanied them in the protests, as the community raised their voices in unison against the controversial legislation, repeating again and again that they would not accept its imposition at any cost. Their chants were also accompanied by the sounds of traditional Assamese instruments like the taal (cymbals).

“We are burning the CAA in the fires of the holy meji, we are tearing its copies, and we will not accept the Bill at any cost. We appeal the people — irrespective of their caste or religion — to come together so that the CAA can be defeated”, said a local resident, while talking to Inside Northeast.

ALSO READ: President Ramnath Kovind Trolled on Twitter for “Happy Bohag Bihu” Wish

Across the State, the Bihu festivities have been marked by the burning of representations of the CAA has become a norm. Moreover, many communities have constructed bhela ghars (bamboo-and-straw houses where the trademark Bihu feasts are held) that depict the struggle of the Assamese people against the allegedly “unconstitutional” and “communal” legislation.

Support Inside Northeast (InsideNE), an independent media platform that focuses on Citizen-centric stories from Northeast India that are surprising, inspiring, cinematic and emotionally relevant.

Readers like you make Inside Northeast’s work possible.

To support our brand of fearless and investigative journalism, support us HERE.


The Inside Northeast app HERE for News, Views, and Reviews from Northeast India.

Do keep following us for news on-the-go. We deliver the Northeast

Share this: