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.

What Keeps ULFA Going: Endogenous and Exogenous Factors

What Keeps ULFA Going: Endogenous and Exogenous Factors

What keeps ULFA going: Endogenous and exogenous factors

Rebel Imaginaries and Reality

From the very beginning, ULFA was never successful in developing a sense of peoplehood the way Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) NSCN (IM) was successful in doing it in Nagaland. Whether it is the issue of migration, resources control or identity of the Assamese people, ULFA claims to have undivided people's support. But the fact is the organisation had never tried to measure people's opinion on such an important issue—whether the people of Assam support the secessionist claim of ULFA.

On the other hand, quite contrary to ULFA's claim, Naga National Council (NNC) could build up a sense of belongingness to the cause of Naga independence, notwithstanding ...

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