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.

Confronting the State: Exploring Ways for Sustainable Peace

Confronting the State: Exploring Ways for Sustainable Peace

Confronting the state: Exploring ways for sustainable peace

Provincial Autonomy and Crave for Separateness: A Continuum of Nationalist Struggle

The challenges that the State is facing in India can be primarily attributed to the nature and formation of the nation-state itself. A straight-jacket application of colonial State system with its monolithic credo and unitary administrative structure on the deeply divided multicultural society is problematic. The whole process negated diversity and encroached upon the autonomous spheres of social/community interaction that were fundamental to the culture of South Asian society. In this complex mosaic of different nationalities, the Indian State is facing some of its gravest challenges, with the entire process of nation-building being questioned. In response to this, various ethno-sub-nationalist ...

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