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.

Parag Das: The Ideologue

Parag Das: The ideologue

In contemporary history of Assam, Parag Das is the most important thinker and activist who provided the ideological foundation for independent Assam. Parag Das provided a distinct ideological character to ULFA—without him, the understanding of the organisation would remain incomplete. Through ULFA, he wanted to actualise his dream of an independent Assam. In contemporary times, Parag Das is perhaps the most ardent critic of Delhibaad (Delhiism). It was Parag Das who, by his persuasive analysis in Boodhbar (a weekly Assamese paper which was most active in the early 1990s) and books like Swadhinotar Prastab (Proposal for Independence), Swadhin Asomor Arthanity (Economy of independent Assam), Rastradruhir Dinlipi (Diary of a State Rebel), Mok Swadhinota Lage (I Need Independence), Nisiddha ...

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