The 34-year-old regional political party Asom Gana Parishad, earlier known as All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad (AAGSP), has formed its students’ wing Asom Chatra Parishad to mobilize the youths of the state towards regional politics to increase the strength of the party. But, it cannot be said whether the party’s effort to revive regionalism to fight against aggressive nationalism in the state will be successful or not.
Regionalism is the expression of a common sense of identity and purpose by people within a specific geographical region, united by its unique language, culture, language, etc.
Concerned people feel the need to resuscitate the regional politics to safeguard the interest of the greater Assamese community. It has got the momentum after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party decided to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Parsis, Sikh, Jains, Buddhists and Christians who have become the victims of religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan and entered India on or before December 31st, 2014.
The AGP president Atul Bora, while emphasizing the need to mobilize the youths towards the regional politics, said that the All Assam Students’ Union, which constituted the AAGSP, is a non-political organization and hence the Asom Chatra Parishad has been formed.
Interestingly, the same party, which is now advocating regional politics, is in government as the saffron party’s ally. In January 2019, the party broke the alliance with the BJP over the Citizenship Bill issue but later it again patched up with the BJP.
Now, the AGP has to work actively to achieve its objective to install regionalism in Assam. It would be a tough test for the students’ wing of the party to mobilize the youths towards the party before the 2021 Assam Assembly election.