Summary

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.”
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Aftermath:

  • 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.

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3 responses »

  1. Ati Bosa Yobin says:

    These informations really remind us that many have come to our aid in the issues of our traditional rights’ deprivation, but it seems (to me) very few of us have taken those aids worth noticing. Don’t we have learned and experienced people who really can do something better out those opportunities with the least possible means that we have? Or are we so politicized to forget who we really are?

  2. Phususa says:

    Hearty thanks to the leaders and friends who contributed such valuable points. Speaking based on the attitude of the other leaders and individuals, we are not openly disturbed by any one. But it is clear enough that AAPSU, being an acting super power of the state, is indifferent in knowing the real facts. It is just intervening in the middle. At times they say that they need to have a public consensus to respond our demand. This is really ridiculous, isn’t it? We have written constitution for the rights and protection of the vulnerable tribes like us, then where this so-called public opinion comes from? If public is the right place to confirm, why the leaders and representatives are appointed? Why parliament is there? Another funny point that AAPSU has is that they want public consensus even after the concerned public leaders ask to grant us our due right. This political comedy episode could really work if it in comedy circus. If there is anything to do with in this regard, it is just AAPASU. It is really a big confusion that our democracy has no value for what the public leaders (representatives) say but student body is so powerful to ignore the cry of a dying tribe. I hope AAPSU would choose either of the two- ‘know the pain we bear each moment or be away from our issue’. Why don’t they come openly with their points to say “No” to our share of constitutional rights and protection? Why they don’t allow us to live like others or negate that part of constitutional save guard if weaker section of population has to suffer like this? Students should know more than the politicians. How can the country shamelessly say that ‘we believe in equality’ when a weak tribe like us is still dying among all other mighty tribes? Why people come from far places to check the population of the animals and one bothers to ask the health of a marginalized tribe? People sometimes wanted to stop when we express our pain. Is this really human right that they are protected from hearing others cry when they have pain? Foreigners have gone back but their policy is still alive. The country should be aware of this.

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