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Chapter 5: ‘ULFOcide’, State Terror and Truncated Democracy
It is pertinent to look at the role of the Indian State in resolving one of the greatest challenges to the survival of the State itself, i.e., secessionism and political violence of the non-State groups. On the role of the Indian State in tackling the issue of political violence, Sanjiv Baruah remarks that there is very little ideological response to the demands of ULFA. Assam Accord of 1985 was the last effort for a political settlement of Assam's confrontation with the Indian State. State's response to ULFA has been more militarist than political.1
The history of resolving disputes in India shows that the State is essentially after a ragtag, piecemeal approach. The State seems to ...