There is a Bandh Call in Dhemaji District of Assam today on 11 December 2010 which can be called aa a Bandh against Misings living in Dhemaji Districts as well as in Assam.
Mising people in Assam have been living in abject poverty, yearly flood erosion, without medical facilities for years now on both banks of Brahmaputra as well as some other river banks in Assam. They have also been agitating for their rights democratically for decades now in complete peaceful manners unlike many other smaller tribes and larger tribe, the Bodos. But their aspirations of Sixth Schedule has been now being opposed and Bandhs observed against their just demand.
It may be noted that, apart from Sonuwal Kacahri, Misings are the people who have assimilated most with mainstream Assamese society. But most probably, this has not been enough to earn development in Mising areas. Mising dominated areas like Jonai, Matmara remain cut off almost for six months every year due to flood.
Bodos, the largest tribe of Assam in number, have struggled in violent means and achieved Sixth Schedule now. Misings, the second largest tribe numerically in Assam has always been peaceful in their struggle for autonomy has achieved district councils without any real power which was dissolved at will whenever power changes in Dispur. District councils have been joke on 12 lacs Misings while their other numerically smaller counterparts like the Karbis, Dimasas have been enjoying autonomy under Sixth Schedule for long time now.
The way the aspirations of Misings are opposed in Assam, Misings should now rethink about their identity, roots and benefits of assimilation with main-stream Assamese society.
Misings must now explore all options to realise their just demand of Sixth Schedule and autonomy for Misings development .