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‘Totally unwanted’: Congress tells MLA after ‘Miya museum’ remark | Guwahati News

GUWAHATI: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) has barred MLA from minority-dominated Baghbar constituency, Sherman Ali Ahmed, from making “controversial statements” after BJP latched onto the “Miya museum” remark.
Congress stated Sherman’s demand of a “Miya museum”, to showcase the “culture of the Miyas” — propagated by Muslims of Bengal origin dwelling in riverine areas of Assam at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra — will give a scope to BJP to polarise votes forward of the 2021 meeting polls.
“The recent controversy on your statement in different forums of media on the issue of a museum for Miya culture at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra has given scope to BJP for polarisation by doing disinformation campaign and mispropaganda,” Assam PCC president Ripun Bora wrote to Sherman in a letter.
The “Miya museum” difficulty has put Congress in a troublesome place, with BJP going all out in opposition to the opposition get together for attempting to infuse the “Miya culture” within the prestigious cultural centre in Guwahati, which was established within the title of neo-Vaishnavite saint and scholar Srimanta Sankardeva.
A letter to the MLA stated, “Your letter dated 18th October 2020 to the director of museum, Govt. of Assam to follow up the recommendation of DRSC on Education 2020-2021 in its 47th Report on Art and Culture (Grant No. 27) to expedite the museum reflecting the culture and heritage of the people living in Char Chaporis of Assam in Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra was in perfect order and you have done your duty as an MLA. But the recent controversy arose due to your reaction and statement made in the media for a Miya Museum, which was out of the content of your above letter.”
“Your statement at this critical juncture on the eve of upcoming assembly elections is totally unwanted,” Sherman was cautioned within the letter by the APCC president, at the same time as movies exhibiting Sherman administering pledge to his followers to establish themselves as each “proud Miya” and “proud Assamese” continued to be circulated.
Intellectual and litteratuers taking cudgels for the riverine individuals (a lot of whom are known as “Miya”) — who’re of Bengal origin — stated because the individuals of the char-chaporis (riverine areas) are an integral a part of the Assamese society, inclusion of their tradition within the Kalakshetra can’t be questioned. “They have the constitutional right for the preservation of their culture as Indian citizens. Name of the community is irrelevant here. Some argue that they have no culture at all. Such a foolish argument will make the issue complicated. Every community has its own culture however backward they may be. Their culture should be included either in Kalakshetra or in the state museum,” stated Char-Chapori Sahitya Parishad president and writer Hafiz Ahmed.
He stated the “Miya” tradition means the tradition of the individuals dwelling within the riverine space of Assam. “These people were brought by the British before independence from Bengal for cultivation. When they came here, they were the carriers of Bengali culture. After living in Assam for more than 100 years, they have adopted some elements of Assamese culture also. Hence, their culture is a mixture of both cultures,” Ahmed added.

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