Assam police filed an FIR against 10 people, for writing poetry on the issues of citizenship in the state. The complaint mentions a poem written by Kazi Sharowar Hussein which was published by Al-Jazeera. However, no arrests have been made yet.
As per the new rule of NRC, which will be implemented from July 31, anyone who cannot prove that they or their ancestors entered Assam before midnight on March 24, 1971, will be declared a foreigner.
The complaint is based on Miyah poetry. While, in Bengali, Miyah means “gentleman”, in Assam however, it is a pejorative term for Bengali Muslims, who are often branded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. For the Bengali Muslim community, Miyah poetry is a medium for expression against injustice and discrimination.
“The accused person’s intention is to depict a picture of Assamese people as xenophobic in the eyes of the whole world, which [is] a serious threat to the Assamese people, as well as, towards the national security and harmonious social atmosphere,” said the complainant Pranabjit Doloi.