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North-East Regional Parties-High Hopes and Hard Realities

North-East Regional Parties High Hopes and Hard Realities Udayon Misra EFFORTS at achieving greater co-ordination between the different regional parties of the north-eastern states have been under way ever since the Purbanchaiiya Lok Parishad or the North-Eastern People's Conference was formed in the early part of 1978. Virtually the brainchild of former Socialist, Nibaran Bora, the Purbanchaliya Lok Parishad (PLP) visualised for the first time an effective united platform of all the regional parties of the north-eastern states. The preamble to the PLP's constitutior states in unambiguous terms that the aim of the organisation would be to integrate the north-eastern region of the country with the Indian mainstream by speeding up its social, economic and political development. The party, whose area of operation included Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal and Tripura, sought to achieve effective understanding and unity among the different peoples of the northeastern region while at the same time ensuring their independence of thought, belief and expression. It was precisely in keeping with the overall north-eastern perspective that the founder-members of the new party named it the Purbanchaliya Lok Parishad, although for all practical purposes the workings of the party were limited to the Brahmaputra Valley of Assam.

ASSAM- All-Assam Students Union Crisis of Identity

ASSAM All-Assam Students' Union: Crisis of Identity Udayon Misra ONE of the very first moves of the All- Assam Students' Union, immediately after the Asom Gana Parishad was voted into office, was to deny that the student body was a wing of the newly formed regional party. The AASU's championing of the AGP's cause during the 1985 elections had eroded its credibility as an independent 'non- political' organisation. However, the AASU's involvement in the polls was sought to be justified on the ground that the elections were a virtual extension of the six-year old Assam Movement and, once the forces conducting the anti-foreigner upsurge were voted to power, the AASU would resume its independent role. Thus, AASU leaders have, time and again, been asserting the independent status of their organisation and have cautioned the AGP government not to take AASU's support for granted. In its effort to distance itself from the ruling party in the state, the AASU adopted programmes aimed at mobilising public opinion on the slow implementation of the Assam Accord, the continuance of the centre's 'colonial' policy towards Assam, and against the abnormal rise in the prices of essential commodities.

ASSAM- Assertion of Regional Identity

Assertion of Regional Identity Udayon Misra DISPROVING all earlier speculations, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has been voted to power in Assam with a clear majority in the state assembly. It has secured 64 scats in an assembly of 126 seats and with two independents from Caehar and Karbi Anglong having joined it, it now has 66 members. This is the second time when Assam will have a non Congress government, the last occasion being the Janata government of 1978. But whereas the Janata success could be explained by a variety of factors including the fact of a Janata government at the Centre, the recently formed AGP's electoral success has left many political analysts con founded. Those who had based their calculations on the major linguistic and religious groups of the state discovered that the Assamese national upsurge which marked the elections clearly cut across caste and community divisions.

ASSAM-From Mass Movement to Electoral Politics

ASSAM From Mass Movement to Electoral Politics Udayon Misra WITH less than a fortnight left for the polls, the wind in the Brahmaputra Valley districts of the state seems to be in favour of the Asom Gaiia Parishad, The AGP which will be barely two months old on the day of the elections, December 16, has not only emerged as th6 main rival of the Congress(f), but appears to have pushed the national opposition parties to the sidelines. Its campaign thrust, backed by thousands of volunteers of the All Assam Students' Union, has taken the ruling party by surprise and hundreds Of election offices of the new party have sprung up spontaneously even in the. most remote areas. The elections are being viewed as yet another stage of the mass agitation and the organisational expertise gained by the AASU-AAGSP during the last six years of the Assam Movement are being put to the full use. It is as if the entire student force of the state is once again involved in an agitation

Human Rights Violations in North East

Human Rights Violations in North East Udayon Misra Nagaland File: A Question of Human Rights by Luingam Luithi and Nandita Haksar; Lancer International, New Delhi, 1984, pp 277, Rs 115.

ASSAM-AASU s Search for an Alternative Platform

Committee that there has been a deliberate attempt to indiscriminately expand the IAS cadre strength at least in some states". It would have been interesting to know the pressures which operated and the reasons for their success. The Report notes that such increases, especially in the smaller states, are bound to result in stagnation and thereby frustration among officers after some years. But in an era of the politics of manipulation, isn't this feeling of stagnation, of insecurity, essential? A parliamentary committee can surely not be blind to this need. But then committees have to perform their role. Hence "the Committees take a very serious view of this matter and strongly recommend that a high-powered Committee may be appointed to review and rationalise ..." (p 15). Have we heard this before?

ASSAM- Remembering a Police Killing

investments, all development schemes not requiring any capital outlay being outside the Plan. These schemes as well as maintenance of existing assets, will then constitute a sizeable chunk of development expenditure: its monitoring must be entrusted to a separate body

Nineteenth Century British Views of India- Crystallisation of Attitudes

of India Crystallisation of Attitudes Udayon Misra This article forms the introductory part of a broader study which deals with British attitudes towards India of the first half of the nineteenth century and their reflection in the major works of Anglo-Indian fiction of the period. White all these attitudes were but different expressions of the ideology of the empire, it is interesting to note that as we move into the nineteenth century, India, Britain's largest colony, became the battleground of several conflicting ideologies which had grown in the course of the Industrial Revolution and which in many senses overlapped. The strength and practicability of thought-trends like Utilitarianism and Evangelicalism were tried out on Indian soil but not without resistance from those who held that the imposition of Western morals and institutions could be of little benefit to India.

ASSAM-Bonus Deaths in Tea Gardens

ASSAM Bonus Deaths in Tea Gardens Udayon Misra EVERY year in the months of September- October tension mounts throughout the tea-belt of Assam over the question of bonus. This year, with most of the gardens in upper Assam offering only 8.33 per cent bonus, the situation has taken an ugly turn in several districts. Dibrugarh and Sib- sagar districts seem to be the ones lacing the greatest amount of trouble, with the workers in most of the gardens here refusing to accept the minimum bonus that is being offered them. In these two districts alone there are 498 tea gardens out of the state's total of 769. Sibsagar and Dibrugarh have between them a total acreage of 1,13,850 hectares under tea, producing 179 million kilograms of tea every year. More than half of the state's 10 lakh tea workers fcre employed in the gardens in these two districts. Whereas in the past ten years the bonus rates varied between 15 and 20 per cent in most of the gardens, this year the management has generally offered only 8.33 per cent. This, despite the fact that last year was a good year for tea and most of the gardens showed a higher allocable surplus. The workers throughout the upper Assam belt have resisted the management's offer by observing strikes, demonstrations and gheraos. At leasi two gardens have declared lock-outs and in scores of others a jittery management is trying to pacify the workers into accepting the rates offered. The worst trouble so far has taken place in Jamira Tea Estate, 14 kilometres from Dibrugarh town. It was here on October I that two workers were shot dead by the police and two others seriously injured.

ASSAM-Trends within the Left

pros and cons of multinational Invest- ment, almost all concede the often dan- gerous health and safety standards in multinational factories. The same could he said of subcontracting to multinational subsidiaries, which is usually the case with semiconductors and often with autos.

ASSAM-Towards Further Alienation

February 19, 1983 of time deposits too. Accretion to these deposits between end-March and end- November 1982 amounted to Rs 3,971 crore, but rose sizeably to Rs 5,634 crore by end-December 1982, ie, a jump of Rs 1,660 crore within a period of one month as against a normal monthly growth of Rs 300-400 crore. Consequently M3 recorded a faster rise of Rs 8,360 crore or 13.4 per cent

ASSAM SAHITYA SABHA- Culture and Politics

by alternative means less destructive of First Amendment rights, and (3) [there is] a compelling and overriding interest in the information''. This was almost verbatim what the New York Times had argued before the court. Much of the three judges' dissent is an answer to the four judges' majority ruling. If Powell had moved a bit he might have accepted the three points put forth by the dissenters It is not unlikely that in future the court might endorse these very points by, a majority ruling. The dissent lamented "the court's absolute rejection of First Amendment interests in these coses".

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