By Nani Gopal Mahanta
Confronting the country: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty examines the complicated 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 nation of Assam correct from the very inception of the nation-state.
The writer claims that the ideological and identification matters among India and Assam have remained unresolved, and ULFA is a manifestation of that unresolved predicament. He explains that ULFA represents a frame of mind, a suppressed voice, that's deeply engrained in Assam's psyche. The declining aid base of ULFA isn't to be obvious in its numerical power; it represents the unmet aspirations of the tribal and ethnic teams of Assam.
The booklet attempts to head 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 bargains with the 2012 (July-September) violent clash in Bodoland over the difficulty of unlawful migration and quest for a homogenous fatherland. It attempts to carry ahead a framework of sturdy method to the unlawful migration factor within the country via contesting the present discourse.
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Inspite of that, the oil industry did not develop in Assam contrary to the expectations of the people of Assam. The foreign capital dominated the oil industry very significantly. The old Burma Oil Company became Assam Oil Company with 49 per cent British capital. Similarly, in Oil India Limited too, the British share was 49 per cent. However, due to continuous public pressure and other contingencies, the Government of India nationalised the Assam Oil Company and Oil India Limited in 1981. 65 Inspite of Assam’s increasing crude oil production, the Government of India was not interested in establishing a new refinery in Assam.
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. 54 The Congress Working Committee headed by Azad expressed its support for Assam’s stand and endorsed Nehru’s suggestion regarding a resolution Guha, Planter Raj to Swaraj, 311.
From 1977 onwards, the paper brought out diverse viewpoints on the theoretical and empirical issues of immigration across the border and the danger it might bring to the Assamese nationality. 7 On 2 February the paper referred to the gravity of the situation by referring to a writing of Nibaran Bora where he said that under the present political financial arrangement of the Indian Constitution the state government would be virtually a platform for exploitation by the national and foreign capital.
Confronting the State: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty (SAGE Studies on India's North East) by Nani Gopal Mahanta