I was in Cherrapunji for three years. It was in my 2nd or 3rd year there that I was taken to a camp in Bamundi, Kamrup, Assam. It was winter and we had to get up at 4 in the morning and practice various exercises, with a bamboo pole (lathi), big knife (chaku) and other such weapons. We were trained to attack and also to defend. The camp must have been for about a week, I vaguely remember. But one thing I remember for sure was the salute with the right hand on the chest singing, “Namaste sada vatsale matribhumi…” So I definitely think it was a RSS camp, though I was not aware of it then. Was I scared? Did I enjoy it? Well… I don’t remember.
Author: Holiram Terang
Holiram Terang was elected to Assam Legislative Assembly in 1985 on the banner of People’s Democratic Front, which later merged into
the Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) from Baithalangso
constituency, Karbi Anglong; Elected again to Assam Assembly for the next two terms from the same constituency.
Presently he is President, ASDC Central Committee and lives in Diphu, Karbi Anglong.