Who is the real hero behind the implementation of updating NRC in Assam? Well, there seems to be many stakeholders to take the credit. Forget about social media, even the mainstream media is buzz with several names attributing them the credit for NRC.
We are not going to mention those names. We just want to tell our readers that the real man behind NRC in Assam is none other than Pradip Kumar Bhuyan. The octogenarian man has spent money from his pocket, sold materials from his house to fight for updating NRC. It was because of his consistent effort that the Supreme Court had admitted a case relating to NRC in 2006. But Bhuyan was not in the front. Instead, another party appeared as the face of the most discussed case in the Apex Court. Bhuyan preferred to remain behind the curtain maintaining his low profile image and silently guarding his privacy.
Wait, if you think Pradip Kumar Bhuyan’s introduction is over then you are wrong. An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur 1956, Bhuyan is the founder trustee of Faculty Higher Secondary School, Guwahati. He is also the president of Association of All Assam Affiliated Institutions based in Guwahati.
Not only NRC, Bhuyan has launched crusade against construction of proposed dams in Arunachal Pradesh on downstream areas. But how many of us know about this?
He filed a petition seeking National Green Tribunal’s intervention to address environmental concerns regarding the impact of 135 dams, proposed to be constructed on rivers in Arunachal Pradesh, in the downstream areas mostly in Assam.
The Calcutta-based eastern zone bench of the tribunal, thereafter, issued notices to the Union ministries of power, environment, forest and climate change, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and the Brahmaputra Board on May 6, 2017 and ordered a scientific study of the environmental impact of the proposed dams in Arunachal Pradesh on downstream areas.
He has also initiated afforestation project in Assam.
An industrialist, an academician, a crusader, Bhuyan prefers to remain in oblivion. When contacted he politely refused to say anything about him to Northeast Now.
But Northeast Now feels it necessary to tell the truth and bring the man behind the NRC before the people.