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OPINION | By Nijwm Basumatary
GUWAHATI | FEB 3, 2020:
At the outset, let me commend the decision made by all factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) to lay down arms and sign a peace accord with the government. As a Bodo person myself, I am genuinely thankful to the members of the NDFB for their sacrifices and contribution to the cause of the Bodos. They decided to leave their loved ones behind, sacrifice their youth and careers, and embark on a path that was fraught with immense dangers to themselves. Many of them lost their lives too.
However, I cannot help but feel a little unease about the way the final agreement was signed hurriedly between the government and the Bodo signatories. I also have certain misgivings about what the future holds for the Bodos consequent upon the signing of the agreement.
My intention is not to dismiss the peace accord per se, but to point out, what in my humble opinion, are certain problematic aspects of the signed final agreement. A clause in the agreement says that those villages currently under BTAD which are contiguous to non-Sixth Schedule areas and have majority non-tribal population would be excluded from the newly formed Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). What exactly does the word 'majority' mean in this particular clause?