Between July and August 2010, the Assam Sentinel published a series of write ups. Strong reasons for the need to restore ST to Yobin were advocated. The information were collected by the Arunachal editor of Assam Sentinel from our President, Phusa. Following are the gist of each:
- Yobins living life of deprivation for more than three decades (30 July 2010): I am impressed to see a list of documentary evidences about settlements in the early part of 19th Century. Our first contact with Indian Government in 1961, establishments of government offices thereafter, and meaning behind Lashisilo are mentioned.
- Five decades on, systematic persecutions of Yobins continue (31 July 2010): A good analysis on the horrible treatment the Arunachal Government and Army personnel made on us. An interesting statement from this reporter, “Such systemic persecutions … appear to be politically motivated within federal structure of Indian democracy.”
- Yobins: Outcast on all fronts for no fault (6 August 2010): Our pathetic living condition is described such as 1% employed, 70% school dropouts, lack of roads, and absence of government facilities. An overview about the status for ST demands and notification number of our citizenship are stated.
- Yobins pained by ‘refugee’ label (8 August 2010): Here is a confession – we are really pained when people called us by this label. Rationale is given as why we should not be called by that name. Further, our President has clarified about the synonymous use of Lisu and Yobin.
- Yobin: A marginalized tribe in search of Arunachalee identity (31 August 2010): Powerful words are used to highlight the extent of marginalization. Marginalization of Yobin is traced to 1980s. Since then all other oppression that we know exist today.
These stories created awareness of our plight. And I am grateful to the Editor who took extra effort to published them.
- A symposium was sponsored by Sokjar & Gamde Gamlin Foundation. Key political leaders, academicians, student leaders, and our leaders participated the meeting. Except for the student leaders, all spoke in our favour. Thus the news was titled, “Symposium on Yobins favours APST status” (1 Sep 2010). It was also reported in Arunachal Times.
- The Arunachal Christian Forum supported the restoration of ST (Published in Arunachal Front, on 28 Sep 2010).
- All Arunachal Youth Association requested the State Government to pressurize the Central Government to grant ST to us (Published in Arunachal Times, 25 Nov 2010).
Beyond that, I have seen actions neither from our community leaders nor by our MLA. This is our issue and I think we must become more aggressive to demand our rights back.