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.
|From Nationalism to Secessionism: Transformation of Assamese Identity|
|Assam Movement: Laying the Foundation of an Armed Struggle|
|PeriodiZing 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|