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Celebrated film director Aribam Syam Sharma to return his Parma Shri Award
Legendary film director Aribam Syam Sharma has, reportedly, decided to return his Padma Shri Award in protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The noted film personality from Manipur was bestowed with the honour in 2006. The people of almost all the Northeastern states continue to protest against the bill, arguing that the bill would bring death knell to the identities of indigenous people of these states once it turns into law.

Several organisations both political and non-political escalated the protest after the Lok Sabha passed the bill on January 8, 2019. A large number of litterateurs, artists, singers, poets have rendered their supports to the protest. Espousing the protest the Manipuri film director, has announced his decision to return the honour to the government.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 has been seen as an attempt of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre's to grant Indian citizenship to those non-Muslim immigrants who entered India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan prior to December 31, 2014 and stayed for six years. Ever since the government has brought the bill, protest started to create uproarious situation in Assam.

Later, other Northeastern states joined in the protest. Even the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), one former allies of the ruling BJP in Assam had withdrawn its support to the alliance government in the state over the controversial bill which added fuel to the fire of the protest. Despite that the BJP-led Assam government has kept strong support to the bill.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma have repeatedly assured the people that the bill will not do any harm to the ethnic language and culture of the state. Even minister Sharma alleged that the proscribed United Liberation Front of Assam (I) has been handling the protest from some foreign lands. Similarly, Chief Minister Sonowal blamed the Congress and Leftists for the massive protest.

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