Three villages shimmer in the gloom of Assam Riots

Posted on: Monday, July 30, 2012

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(164 children receive free education in Art of living tribal schools of Chirag and Kokrajhar)


The recent spate of large-scale riots in Assam, according to conservative estimates, has claimed 50 lives and rendered 2.9 lakh people homeless in various districts of the north eastern state. We, as members of the Art of Living Family, and believers in the principle of One World Family, extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims.

The primary aim of Art of Living volunteers right now is to provide help and assistance to the affected people who are staying in relief camps in Assam. The 124 teachers of the Art of Living in Assam along with thousands of volunteers are ready to jump into relief and rehabilitation work for the lakhs of people in overcrowded refugee camps. The only thing keeping them waiting is permission from the Army in view of the curfew imposed in riot-hit areas.

Amid all this bloody carnage, a gleam of hope is emerging from three villages which have become islands of peace in riot-hit Assam. Two of these villages Borlao and Borpara, where Art of Living has been carrying out its community development programs, saw absolutely no incidence of violence. The folks in these villages took the initiative to guard their villages themselves. They did not allow any outside person to enter the village. The three villages are from Chirang and Kokrajhard – the worst riot affected districts. Considering that the village inhabitants are a mix of Bodos, Muslims, Asamese and Bengalis this is an exceptional display of solidarity against forces of division. 164 children from these villages receive free education in the Art of Living tribal schools in Chirang and Kokrajhar.

The surrounding villages, where Art of Living has not yet started its work, succumbed to the fury of violence unleashed on Bodos by illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

It has been proven repeatedly that spiritual education is the only long-lasting basis for a sustainable, peaceful and responsible living at individual and community level.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji, founder of the Art of Living has appealed to all in Assam not to retaliate irrespective of your community and ethnic background. He said, “There are good people in every community. Art of Living will do the work of applying balm to the hearts and minds of traumatized riot victims.”

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