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

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Sustainably Unsustainable Peace in Assam

Assam has been marked by severe violence for decades which has unfolded in a structured manner since the days of the infamous Assam movement. It is because of this movement that multiple massacres have taken place in the state, separated by periodic lulls. This article looks at the Bodo movement and how the government and non-Bodo communities of the state must deal with the effects it has unleashed.

On 5 August 2016, Kokrajhar, the violence-torn district of Assam, was the scene of fresh killings. This horrific attack took place in broad daylight, in a weekly market, situated near the Kokrajhar district headquarters. Unleashing violence while people thronged the weekly market, the terrorists fired indiscriminately, using sophisticated weapons. The result was the annihilation of 16 persons with more than 20 severely injured. This most recent attack by the Bodos cannot be viewed in isolation.

Continuity of Violence

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