ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Skylark 984 Shahid Bhagatsingh Road Grams Econweekly Editor Krishna Raj Assistant Editors Gautam Navlakha Ignatius Chithelen Editorial Staff K Vljayakumar, Cleatus Antony Advertisement Manager Meera Mohan Manager T D Sell THE Memorandum of Settlement on Assam appears to be a text rather in the line of holy texts of all religions, meaning all things to all persons and calculated to please everyone, and has indeed apparently succeeded in the short run in this objective. Such implaccable foes as the leadership of the Assam agitation and chief minister Hiteswar Saikia have welcomed the accord, though their interpretation of the terms of the Memorandum of Settlement naturally vary. However, given the fundamentally different perceptions of the basic issues in Assam on the part of the major protagonists, the present near-universal welcome of the accord and the accompanying jubilation perhaps reflect more a sense of relief that the days of agitation are over than anything else. For about the best thing that one can say about the Memorandum of Settlement signed in the small hours of August 15 by the Assam agitation leaders and senior officials of the Union and state governments in the presence of the Prime Minister is that it promises to bring to an end a period of extreme tensions within Assamese society. If the accord were to bring to an end, or even halt, the gathering tendencies towards further disintegration of Assamese society it would have achieved a lot.

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