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.

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

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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