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Assam: The Missing Solution

The Missing Solution Assam

Assam’s somewhat crowded political scene recently saw a new entrant. In early January, a not very well known NGO called the Assam Public Works published the results of a survey it carried out among 25 lakh respondents in districts of the Brahmaputra valley and Upper Assam regions. It is this survey, where 95 per cent of respondents were critical of the violent methods of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), which ostensibly sparked off the latest fury in Assam.

The manner of the killings and the carefully chosen targets appear to bear all convincing characteristics of an ULFA attack. The victims, in all instances, have been the poorer sections among Hindi-speaking outsiders in the state, who go by the portmanteau label of “Biharis”. The violence last year coincided with the talks then on between the ULFA’s People’s Consultative Group and the centre. Bomb blasts in Guwahati were followed by the systematic violent targeting of migrant brick-kiln workers in Upper Assam districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. These attacks have now prompted an indignant, determinedly militaristic, response from the centre.

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