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Why the Cynicism on Peace Talks in Assam?

We are somewhat bemused by the double-barrelled explosion of scepticism regarding the possible outcome of the forthcoming ULFA-Government of India talks (EPW, 26 February, “Assam’s Nationality Question” (Editorial) and “Assam: Peace Talks or the Fall of the Curtain on ULFA?” (by Udayon Misra)) for which we have made earnest and untiring efforts with the backing of tens of thousands of people all over the state.

We have received widespread support for our ideas and approach for a way out of the barren and extremely destructive confrontation between the security forces of the state and the main rebel group from the disaffected indigenous communities of Assam. While it is true that the army’s handling of the situation has little to commend itself, the ULFA’s retaliatory moves have done more harm than good to the cause of suppressed nationality/ies of Assam. It helped put in place a regime of corruption in league with brutal repression of civil rights, and it eventually generated a backlash of bitter antipathy from the victims of the ULFA’s indiscriminate terror.

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