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Ethnic Militancy in Assam

Whom to Blame?

The killing of over 70 adivasis in Assam by one faction of the Bodo militants is part of a pattern which has become normalised in Assam and its neighbouring states. This article places the present killings in the historical context of the rise of ethnic militancy and underlines, yet again, the futility of such acts.

You are concerned about infiltrators and not your own people ...they must go back, they are robbing the youths of India of their livelihood – Narendra Modi’s electoral speech in May 2014, referring to Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi and West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee. What has happened is no small incident of militancy. This is a brazen act of terror and will be dealt with as an act of terror should be. There will be zero tolerance and operations will be intensified against those behind the bloodbath – Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh’s address in Guwahati on 25 December, 2014 condemning the militant attack on adivasis.

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