Confronting the State: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty examines the complex nuances and dynamics that make ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam) a formidable insurgent group in India. It argues that to understand the phenomenon of insurgency, one has to understand the genesis of conflict between the Indian State and the state of Assam right from the very inception of the nation-state.

The author claims that the ideological and identity issues between India and Assam have remained unresolved, and ULFA is a manifestation of that unresolved crisis. He explains that ULFA represents a mindset, a suppressed voice, which is deeply engrained in Assam's psyche. The declining support base of ULFA is not to be seen in its numerical strength; it represents the unmet aspirations of the tribal and ethnic groups of Assam.

The book tries to go beyond a ULFA-centric solution and dwells upon the issues of illegal migration, human development and the need for the protection of a composite society in Assam. It also deals with the 2012 (July-September) violent conflict in Bodoland over the issue of illegal migration and quest for a homogenous homeland. It tries to bring forward a framework of durable solution to the illegal migration issue in the state by contesting the existing discourse.

From Nationalism to Secessionism: Transformation of Assamese Identity

From Nationalism to Secessionism: Transformation of Assamese Identity

From nationalism to secessionism: Transformation of Assamese identity

Road to Armed Struggle by ULFA: A Glimpse at Contemporary History

Is man violent by nature or by circumstance? Psychologists and social scientists don't regard aggression as fundamentally spontaneous. Rather they regard most aggression, including violence, as an emotional response to socially induced frustration and sometimes as a dispassionate, learned response evoked by specific situations.1

Ted Gurr, one of the most celebrated writers on collective violence argues that man's frustration over some of the materials and social circumstances of their lives is a necessary pre-condition of group protest and collective violence.2 The more intense and widespread frustration-induced discontent is among people, the more intense and widespread collective violence is likely to be. ...

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