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ASSAM-Unscholarly Chauvinists

ASSAM Unscholarly Chauvinists TO wake up to find oneself suddenly notorious was recently the experience of a history teacher in Dibrugarh University. The teacher has been doing research on the history of Assam for the past several years, achieving a Ph D on the subject and has written articles for scholarly journals which have been utterly undistinguished either by praise or blame. His latest production in this line, an article on the social history, of pre-Independence Assam, might have slipped into its well-deserved musty oblivion had it not caught the experienced eye of a local politician, the leader of a regional political party who immediately alerted all patriotic As- mese to come to the defence of their maligned race. The supposed attack on the Assamese people was the more poisonous as it came from the pen of a Bengali, member of a community with whom the Assamese have had strained relationships since British times.

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