"Sometimes they call us foreigners.

Sometimes they call us Pakistanis.

Sometimes they call us Bangladeshis."


"Write down I am a Miya.

A citizen of a democratic, secular republic

without any rights."

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"The river has taken away our land.

I have moved so many times that

the roof of my house has

turned to powder."

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"The other students at school say

'Look at him. His father is a labourer.'

I say, What should my father do then?"

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"We begged for water

for our son.

We were told - We won't give

you water. You are Miyas."

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"Now that the floods are coming,

if our house is destroyed

I don't know where we will go."

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"The bed you slept on father,

that bed is empty...

I have been sleeping on your bed

since I lost you."

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“We, Orang, Munda, Santhal and Kharias are Adivasis. We demand our rights.” Listen to the powerful voice of Mansukh Sankharika, public secretary of All Adivasi Student’s Association of Assam (AASAA) as he walks us through the lives and history of the Adivasis residing in Assam’s tea-gardens. Officially referred to as ‘tea-garden’ tribes till date, Assam’s tea-garden workers are asking for ST status. While ministers and elected officials refuse to listen to the demands of the Adivasis.

‘Miya’ poetry is a reclaiming of one’s Muslim identity by the Bengal-origin Muslims of Assam. It is protest poetry that rebels against oppression and subjugation.That asserts and empowers the self. Miya is an Urdu word that means “gentleman”, but it has become a slur in Assam and is used as a word of abuse. Poets and activists from the Muslim community in Assam have found a way to take the derogatory term “Miya” and subvert it. Miya poetry seeks answers to questions of belonging and citizenship. It echoes the fears of a community threatened by exclusion from the NRC – National Register of Citizens

How does one endure the violence of being told to leave from the only home one knows? Behind the headlines from Assam, who are some of the people whose names are missing from the NRC – the National Register of Citizens? Labelled as ‘foreigners‘ and mocked as ‘termites’, what do they look like, where do they live? This is the story of the people of the Char islands, 10% of the population of Assam. This film looks them in the eye, listens to their voice, their song and their despair.