Little-known Nashya Sekh Vote Financial institution in Bengal Checks Credit score Rating of Political Events Earlier than Meeting Polls
Unknown to many, as soon as they had been jotedars (landowners) and fought towards the troopers of Muhammad bin Bakhtiyar Khalji as ‘Koch-Rajbongshi’.
However then they got here beneath the affect of Khalji: the navy normal led Muslim conquests within the japanese Indian areas of Bengal and Bihar and introduced Islamic rule in twelfth century. Then, numerous Koch, Rajbongshi and Poliya folks of North Bengal transformed to Islam and named their group Nashya Sekh.
In keeping with West Bengal authorities information, “The Nashya Sekh class was acknowledged to emerge because of conversion from the Koch, Rajbongshi and the Poliya lessons of North Bengal from the fifteenth to 18th century. At current, they’re essentially the most downtrodden, underprivileged and socially and educationally backward lessons of individuals in West Bengal. They’re additionally not economically nicely off.”
They selected the time period ‘Nashya’ which implies ‘fallen’ or ‘degenerated’. The state authorities information additionally say, “The folks transformed to ‘Islam’ from the decrease lessons of Hindus had been regarded or handled as ‘Nashta’ (fallen). In course of time this time period modified to ‘Nashya’ via native phonetic distortion. The title ‘Seikh’ (excessive or nice) is generally in use among the many upper-class Muslims (foreigners or immigrants) and the title ‘Seikh’ is positioned in the beginning of their identify. The ‘Nashyas’ adopted the time period ‘Sekh’ for gaining social place at a later stage.”
At current the Nashya Sekhs are confined to 6 North Bengal districts – Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, North and South Dinajpur, and Malda, with some presence in Bihar’s Purnia district. They’re largely working as agricultural labourers, cultivators, rickshaw pullers, masons, unskilled day-labourers, and craftsmen. The ladies additionally work within the fields to help in working their households.
Within the current day context, few know that the group has a large variety of voters that may put any political celebration in an advantageous place in North Bengal on this 12 months’s meeting polls.
And that is the rationale why chief minister Mamata Banerjee particularly talked about them at a public assembly in Cooch Behar on December 16.
Chatting with News18, secretary, Nashya Sekh Unnayan Mancha, Golam Nabi Azad, mentioned, “In 2014, we fashioned this organisation to press our demand to arrange a Nashya Improvement Board and one other campus of Aliah College in Cooch Behar. We have now already despatched our request to the state chief minister and we’re hopeful that it is going to be fulfilled quickly.”
Golam, who was made the minority cell coordinator of the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress after the celebration suffered a setback within the 2019 parliamentary elections, says that if he would have been given the accountability of the minority cell earlier than the polls, the outcomes would have been totally different.
“Within the coming meeting polls we’re positive that the TMC will do nicely in comparison with the final Lok Sabha polls,” he added.
With an almost 13-15 per cent vote Share in North Bengal, the Nashya Sekhs are abruptly within the limelight forward of the meeting polls. Mamata has assured that she is going to look into the calls for to arrange a Nashya Sekh Improvement Board.
A detailed take a look at Cooch Behar, the place Mamata addressed a public assembly just lately, reveals that in 9 meeting seats, the voting bloc of Nashya Sekhs is round 8-9 per cent of the inhabitants, whereas the Muslim voter presence is almost 22 per cent.
The 9 meeting seats in Cooch Behar are Sitai, Sitalkuchi, Mathabhanga, Cooch Behar North, Cooch Behar South, Dinhata, Natabai, Tufanganj and Mekliganj.
In Sitai, the Muslim voter energy is almost 34 per cent and Nashya Sekhs are almost 9 per cent. In Sitalkuchi, Muslim voters are shut to twenty-eight per cent and Nashya Sekhs are near 9 per cent. Equally, in Mathabhanga, Cooch Behar North, Cooch Behar South, Dinhata, Natabari and in Tufanganj the Muslim voter share is between 19 and 30 per cent, whereas Nashya Sekhs are about 8-9 per cent.
In Alipurduar’s Kalchini, Kumargram, Falakata and Madarihat areas, the group has a vote Share of almost 18 per cent, whereas in Jalpaiguri’s Rajganj, Dhupguri, Jalpaiguri Sadar and Malbazar, the determine is almost is 17 per cent.
In North and South Dinajpur, they’ve a vote Share of near 17-18 per cent, and out of 54 meeting seats in North Bengal they’ve a big presence in almost 25 to 26.
Because the BJP is utilizing its tried-and-tested Hindutva plank, Mamata profit within the type of Muslim and Nashya Sekh votes as a result of minorities in North Bengal are vehemently opposing the Citizenship Modification Act, Nationwide Inhabitants Register (NPR) and Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC).
Contemplating the poor efficiency of the TMC within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, if Mamata can consolidate the 13-14 per cent votes of Nashya Sekhs in North Bengal, other than Muslim votes, it should put her celebration in an advantageous place.
“I’ve obtained a letter from their (Nashya Sekhs) representatives. If we will arrange Rajbongshi and Kamtapuri improvement boards, then we will additionally type a separate improvement board for Nashya Sekhs. I’ll definitely look into the matter,” she mentioned just lately.
Prior to now few weeks, the Nashya Sekh group in North Bengal has brazenly introduced that it’s going to help solely that political celebration which is able to fulfil its calls for.
Mamata is pushing onerous to regain misplaced floor within the area, which contributed in direction of the TMC’s dismal efficiency within the parliamentary polls two years in the past.
Out of the eight Lok Sabha seats within the space, Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj, Balurghat, North Malda and South Malda, seven went to the BJP, whereas South Malda was secured by the late well-liked chief Ghani Khan Choudhury’s brother Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury of the Congress. The Trinamool drew a clean
In Malda North, BJP’s Khagen Murmu defeated sitting MP Mausam Noor (former Congress lawmaker who fought the polls on a TMC ticket), whereas Abus Hasem gained the Malda South seat by defeating the BJP’s Sreerupa Mitra Choudhury. The TMC’s Md Moazzem Hossain stood third with a 27.47 vote Share.