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THE ECONOMY-Unconvincing Explanation

But these are points of debate and of arguing over who contributed to what and to which extent. The more immediate tragedy in Assam is that the state and its people are likely to be pushed further on the road distancing them ever so further from 'India'. While ULFA's own contribution to the present situation, with its inevitable intimations of violence against innocent civilians in the immediate future, is substantial, the contributions of the Indian state towards enabling ULFA to acquire its spread and legitimacy, so much so that its leadership has now apparently convinced itself that it only needs a little push here and a shove there for the whole Indian stated at least insofar as it operates in Assam and other areas of north-east, to collapse and hand over 'Swadhin Asom' on a platter, are even more substantial Thus, if the Indian state finds itself in a predicament where if it acts it is likely to be accused, with justice, of seeking an eventually unworkable military solution for what is essentially a political problem, and if it does not it undermines its own authority, it has itself to blame for the state has consistently worked to erode its own moral authority. With such an adversary the task of subverting the outward structures of state authority in Assam (of which one of the more startling instances was the disclosure by Hiteswar Saikia that ULFA had penetrated into the state's security structure) has been a relatively simple task for ULFA.

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