Confronting the State: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty

Confronting the State: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty

by Nani Gopal Mahanta

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Confronting the State: ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty examines the complex nuances and dynamics that make ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam) a formidable insurgent group in India. It argues that to understand the phenomenon of insurgency, one has to understand the genesis of conflict between the Indian State and the state of Assam right from the very inception of the nation-state. The author claims that the ideological and identity issues between India and Assam have remained unresolved, and ULFA is a manifestation of that unresolved crisis. He explains that ULFA represents a mindset, a suppressed voice, which is deeply engrained in Assam's psyche. The declining support base of ULFA is not to be seen in its numerical strength; it represents the unmet aspirations of the tribal and ethnic groups of Assam. The book tries to go beyond a ULFA-centric solution and dwells upon the issues of illegal migration, human development and the need for the protection of a composite society in Assam. It also deals with the 2012 (July-September) violent conflict in Bodoland over the issue of illegal migration and quest for a homogenous homeland. It tries to bring forward a framework of durable solution to the illegal migration issue in the state by contesting the existing discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788132107040
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 04/09/2013
Series: SAGE Studies on India's North East
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nani Gopal Mahanta is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies at Gauhati University, Assam, India. A former Rotary World Peace Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (2002–04), he has published widely and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway. Currently, Mahanta is the President of North East India Political Science Association (NEIPSA).

Mahanta is a regular contributor to various national and regional newspapers and journals on the contemporary conflict issues in India’s North East. They include Economic and Political Weekly, Socialist Perspective, India Today, The Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, The Assam Tribune, Amar Asom and Dainik Pratidin. He is also one of the most popular television commentators in the region. Currently the editor of Journal of Political Science, he has also co-edited a book entitled Conflict Dynamics in North East India: The Shifting Terrain (with Dilip Gogoi), published in February 2012.

Table of Contents

From Nationalism to Secessionism: Transformation of Assamese Identity
Assam Movement: Laying the Foundation of an Armed Struggle
Periodi Zing ULFA's Metamorphosis: From Liberator to War Lord (?)
Parag Das: The Ideologue
'ULFOcide', State Terror and Truncated Democracy
What Keeps ULFA Going: Endogenous and Exogenous Factors
What Sustains ULFA?
ULFA in International Network: From Grievances to Greed
Peace Process with ULFA, Civil Society and Indian State
Confronting the State: Exploring Ways for Sustainable Peace
Re-Visiting Immigration and Identity: Issues of Human Security, Development and Sustainable Peace

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