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

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COMMUNAL RIOTS- Story of a Judicial Enquiry

'historical inevitability'. Unlike the issue of citizenship rights, however, the Assam movement did not force this issue into the public arena: in a sense the Assamese shared the national ambivalence on it. Yet the question can hardly be avoided. Should there be constitutional protection of the cultural character of states? The lesson of Assam on this question, however, is mixed. The results of the Assam election and the history of impact of immigration on Assam go against a sterile view that cultures can survive only if a state's cultural composition is frozen by law. There does not seem to be a need to build a fortress Assam in order to ensure the cultural survival of Assam. There is, however, a logic of numbers: cultures cannot survive under the pressure of demographic change of all magnitudes

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