ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Working for Peace in Assam

The primary focus of the Indian state in the north-east has been on the security issue. Chronically disturbed borders, smuggling of arms and drugs, a delicate geopolitical situation, and restive ethnic groups in revolt against a lopsided pattern of development that they are powerless to correct, have all combined to concentrate the attention of the central government on this issue. This turn of affairs has eventually favoured the growth of corrupt and unscrupulous special interest groups that would like nothing better than a perpetuation of such a situation.

The disillusionment and consequent unrest among the common people during the two terms of Asom Gana Parishad rule not only helped to bring the Congress back to power in Assam, but also drove youth in large numbers to join the armed rebellion of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). The latter’s blunders and atrocities notwithstanding, there is a widespread feeling among the people that they had after all risen in arms against injustice and misrule and that they cannot be regarded as a gang of bandits.

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