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

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Imagined Empowerment?

The editorial’s ‘Struggle for Empowerment’ (December 8) idea of adivasi “empowerment” within the existing constitutional set-up and also within the hierarchy of the ethnically differentiated society of Assam would have been properly contextualised had it reflected upon the responses from the dominant societies of Assam. All the dominant communities of Assam, be it Bodo, Assamese, Bengali, look down upon adivasis.

This is the background of the November 24 assault on adivasi men and women. The hidden structure of conflict and deprivation between the adivasis and the dominant communities comes out into the open when it is stated by some that the adivasis are not aboriginals of Assam. Some have even termed Assam’s adivasis as the same as indentured labourers sent across ‘kalapani’.

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