Confronting the State: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty (SAGE by Nani Gopal Mahanta

By Nani Gopal Mahanta

Confronting the country: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty examines the advanced nuances and dynamics that make ULFA (United Liberation entrance of Assam) a powerful rebel workforce in India. It argues that to appreciate the phenomenon of insurgency, one has to appreciate the genesis of clash among the Indian country and the kingdom of Assam correct from the very inception of the nation-state.

The writer claims that the ideological and id concerns among India and Assam have remained unresolved, and ULFA is a manifestation of that unresolved problem. He explains that ULFA represents a mind-set, a suppressed voice, that is deeply engrained in Assam's psyche. The declining aid base of ULFA isn't to be noticeable in its numerical energy; it represents the unmet aspirations of the tribal and ethnic teams of Assam.

The publication attempts to move past a ULFA-centric resolution and dwells upon the problems of unlawful migration, human improvement and the necessity for the safety of a composite society in Assam. It additionally offers with the 2012 (July-September) violent clash in Bodoland over the difficulty of unlawful migration and quest for a homogenous native land. It attempts to carry ahead a framework of sturdy technique to the unlawful migration factor within the nation through contesting the prevailing discourse.

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However gets as excise `864 a tonne. 8 crores. 1 Tilottoma Misra, ‘Assam: A Colonial Hinterland’, Economic and Political Weekly XV, no. 32 (9 August 1980): 1357–1364. 32 Confronting the State … Assam supplies some 80 percent of domestic onshore oil production. Yet there is no downstream production. In Gujarat, Baroda has developed into a petro-chemical centre. 2 While the problem of continued influx and the ever-growing pressure on land, coupled with the fear of the Assamese losing their socio-political identity, seemed to be the immediate motivating factors of the movement, it was in actuality a popular outburst against decades of economic neglect of the state by the Central government.

Each Unit must decide and act for itself. I am hoping that in this, Assam will lead the way…. If Assam takes care of itself the rest of India will be able to look after itself. What have you got to do with the Constitution of the Union Government? You should form your own Constitution. That is enough. 56 Azad and Nehru, however, continued to hold the view that Assam’s stand was helping the Muslim League and also acting as an obstruction to freedom. 57 A question arises: If the Congress had betrayed the cause of Assam, why the leaders didn’t take up for an independent Assam?

Chaliha and others could not think of initiating drastic steps against the Centre as these leaders had tremendous faith and respect for Nehru and their comrades in the freedom struggle, who now happened to be holding important posts in the Central ministry. Unfortunately, legacy of freedom struggle was no longer romantically imbibed by the thirdgeneration regional ruling elites, and hence they developed a strong sceptical view about the Centre. ’52 Nehru went to the extent of suggesting that the Assam Assembly adopt a resolution refusing to sit in the group and a clear directive be given to the Assam representatives to the Constituent Assembly in this regard.

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