Previous Chapter Chapter 11: Re-Visiting Immigration and Identity: Issues of Human Security, Development and Sustainable Peace

In: Confronting the State: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty

Chapter 11: Re-Visiting Immigration and Identity: Issues of Human Security, Development and Sustainable Peace

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Re-Visiting Immigration and Identity: Issues of Human Security, Development and Sustainable Peace
Re-visiting immigration and identity: Issues of human security, development and sustainable peace

Commenting on the need for a more flexible approach, a prolific writer and academic of Assam Sanjib Baruah argues, ‘[M]inimally we need a framework that does not involve the State for ever categorising groups of people in ethnic terms and making descendants of immigrants into perpetual outsiders.’1 Undoubtedly, Assam needs some mechanism to control immigration into the state. The state can no longer afford to absorb more immigrants as in terms of population growth Assam has been one of the fastest growing state in the country. However border-fencing is not the best mechanism to prevent infiltration from across the border. There is ...

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