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Let Barak valley be made a separate state: Assamese litterateur Nagen Saikia

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Guwahati: Amid the ongoing language controversy in Assam, eminent Assamese litterateur and former president of the Asom Sahitya Sabha, Nagen Saikia called for the separation of Barak valley from Assam in order to reduce anti-Assamese sentiments.

Addressing the media here in Dibrugarh, Saikia said, “Although, I am not convinced with the choice, yet, looking into the present situation in the state, I believe a status of a separate state would bring to an end of the heated situation in the state.”

“We don’t want conflict, we want harmony, we don’t want violence, we want peace, hence, I urged upon the state government to immediately take up the issue with the people of both Brahmaputra valley and Barak valley in order to maintain peace and tranquillity in the region,” Saikia added.

The eminent Assamese litterateur also mentioned that a similar call for the separation of Cachar district from Assam was earlier raised by former Asom Sahitya Sabha presidents namely Hitesh Deka and Mahendra Borah. 

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