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“Agents of communal hate will not be allowed in Meghalaya”

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Shillong, Oct 24: The National People’s Youth Front (NPYF) today reacted on various criticism being raised following the recent mounting of flex banners by the Khasi Students’ Union in Shillong city and Ri-Bhoi over an incident between two communities in Ichamati village in East Khasi Hills.

Reacting on the criticism by a Silchar based Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BKYM), youth wing of the National People’s Party (NPP) said in a statement, “There are reasons to believe that the hatemongers from outside the state had used social media effectively to spread animosity among the sections of the gullible public, therefore, believed to have led to racial verbal slurs and even more emotional outbursts based on right-wing ideologies.”

On a police complaint filed by President of BJYM Amitesh Chakraborty, working president of NPYF Nickey Nongkhlaw said, “It is a matter of concern that such series of complaints are packed again with communal overtones contributing to more tension at its best”.

Appealing for peace Nongkhlaw further said, “In a democratic religious diversified country like India and in a relatively peace loving state like Meghalaya, such voices packed with communal venom are in themselves anti-national. They are loose-speeches crafted to leave historical facts behind. To us, such half-baked truths and exaggeration tantamount to manipulation of messages to intentionally multiply communal hate”.

Strongly discrediting the voices of disruptions being raised by several groups on the incident at Ichamati, Nongkhlaw said, “While loss of life is a sad reality, the NPP shares the pain of the family members and friends of those who have lost their life in the recent communal clash at Ichamati or anywhere anytime throughout Meghalaya’s history. With the similar tone, and if NPYF were to subscribe to the values of the hill people of Meghalaya, human life of any kind is precious. For ages, Shillong and Meghalaya have had the honour and the heart to embrace all communities and ethnic groups”.

“In a small cosmopolitan habitat, the people sans politics have learned to accommodate true friendship amidst tensions and they have learned the grace of living together based on mutual respect. We wonder why the outside world don’t talk about such bigger realities”, Nongkhlaw added.

NPYF also spelt out a strong message that agents of communal hate will not be allowed.  “We will not allow such baseless propaganda to sway the peace loving people of Meghalaya, especially, at a time where the Puja festival is underway”, he exhorted.

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