"No Separate Culture For Bangladeshi Migrants": Assam Minister On "Miya" Museums

"No Separate Culture For Bangladeshi Migrants": Assam Minister On "Miya" Museums

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Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma shot down calls for a museum for Bengali-speaking Muslims (File)

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has hit out at a Congress MLA's proposal to have a museum in Guwahati to highlight the culture and heritage of the people who live in the "char-chaporis" - the northeastern state's riverine islands.

The population on these islands is dominated by people from "Miya" community - the name given to Bengali-speaking Muslims in the state, who are often tagged as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.  

"In my understanding there is no separate identity or culture in char anchal of Assam as most people had migrated from Bangladesh. Obviously in Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra (a cultural institution that documents the culture of communities in the state) we cannot allow any distortion. Sorry, MLA saheb," Mr Sarma tweeted.

Earlier, Sherman Ali Ahmed - a Congress MLA from the Baghbar constituency - had written to Assam's Director of Museums to suggest a museum to preserve the culture of the "char-chaporis". 

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