Assam’s “Doubtful Citizens” : Fact or Fiction?
A misconception prevails among many people outside Assam that “lakhs” of “Bangladeshis” are residing in Assam and exercising franchise. This misconception developed due to publicity of the AASU for more than three decades-long period with the help of some press and political parties like BJP, a high bureaucrat like S.L. Shakdar, and a Governor of Assam, S.K. Sinha. Dr. Ahmed, with the help of mostly public documents, shows that all this is emotional exaggeration, has no empirical or statistical foundation, and as such is nothing more than a self-composed chorus of some pseudo-intellectuals.
Born in 1941 at Khudrakandi village of Karimganj district of Assam. Dr. Kamaluddin Ahmed graduated from Gauhati University and PhD from Aligarh Muslim University. As a researcher in social science and literature in Bengali, Dr. Ahmed has earned wide reputation and has received international awards. Along with Bengali novels stories, travelogue and essays, he is credited with publishing a number of research work including "The Art and Architecture of Assam", a study of Fine Arts in Assam. Dr. Ahmad is associated with Indian History Congress, Barak Upatyaka Matribhasha Suraksha Samiti and Biswa Banga Sahitya Sammelan. He was one of the founder members of the Indian Art History Congress and former Principal, Karimganj College, Karimganj (Assam).