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ASSAM-Visitations

Visitations M S Prabhakar THIS is not a report from Assam, nor even a report from Gauhati. In fact, Gauhati has now grown to such large proportions that one is hard put to it to recognise the old town, and it would be highly presumptuous to title a report written from the cos- setted sanctuary of a University Campus as 'A Letter from Gauhati'. Big, overcrowded, congested Gauhati is seven miles away. Even before the temporary capital came down to Dis- pur, Gauhati had grown rather chaotically. And for the past couple of years, there has been a desperate scramble for new construction, new sites; great hillsides with fantastically contoured profiles are being continuously cut to fill-in the low-lying areas; lorries making unending trips between hill and swamp; a mild shower flooding streets for hours together and, in the rainy season, whole areas under water for weeks or even months together; unimaginably overcrowded city transport. No, one can't say that one knows Gauhati.

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