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The Assam Question

This article attempts to consider the present situation in Assam in its historical perspective. It argues that the ruling classes in Assam have tried to exploit certain historically determined weaknesses that have hampered the emergence of a distinct and well-defined Assamese nation to create among the Assamese people a lack of confidence in their cultural destiny. The problem in Assam is not whether the linguistic, religious and ethnic minorities will swamp the Assamese, but whether the Assamese people will see clearly the strength of their numbers and the maturity of their culture to gain the confidence of these minorities so as to peacefully integrate them into the Assamese nation.
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