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Chapter 3: Periodising ULFA's Metamorphosis: From Liberator to War Lord(?)

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Periodising ULFA's Metamorphosis: From Liberator to War Lord(?)
Periodising ULFA's metamorphosis: From liberator to war lord(?)

Among the theoretical explanations for political violence, the ‘relative deprivation’ approach is of particular distinction. Its central point asks the question, what brings a group to a stage where it chooses to exercise political violence in anti-institutional action?1 The approach of Ted Gurr does not focus on the group's objective deprivation but rather on its subjective feelings of deprivation. The basic assumption of this theory is that political violence constitutes an inseparable part of the human experience and is not simply a passing social event. A group's route to violence begins with dissatisfaction and frustration with present conditions and the group's belief that it is entitled to more rights or ...

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