Karbi Anglong : In the wake of the turmoil going on in Assam regarding the Citizenship Bill, the youths here have warned the government that if the Citizenship Bill is passed then the youths will convert to Buddhism.
Assamese youths vowed that they will convert to Buddhism if ever centre takes the decision to pass the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill.
Controversial Citizenship Bill
A good 50 youths, all of them Hindus, who are from Numaligarh and leaders of various organisations pledged in this regard at a Buddhist temple in Karbi Anglong on Friday. A video circulated on social media showed a handful of young men threatening to convert to Buddhism while one speaking on giving priority to the Assamese interests for which one can even forgo their own religion. “We will not allow a community to be wiped off for the sake of religion. Religion cannot be greater than a community. To safeguard the Assamese, we will give up Hinduism if it so warrants,” said the youth in the video.
Youths vow to convert to Buddhism
He further added “We have taken a pledge at this Buddhist temple in Karbi Anglong. Thousands of Assamese youth are in support of our ideology and we don’t want RSS to wash out the existence of a community. We will give up Hinduism and convert to Buddhism. We want to tell (Chief Minister) Sarbananda Sonowal and (BJP MLA) Shiladitya Dev that the Assamese Community, which bravely fought the Mughals 17 times, doesn’t need the imported Bangladeshis to protect the community”.
Citizenship Bill controversy
Over the past few months, the bill has united many factions of groups and organisations while some disillusioned youths have also joined the rebel group United Liberation Front Of Asom (ULFA-Independent). Later, one of them was heard saying in a video that only the ULFA-I could protect the Assamese community.