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Critical Acclaim for Confronting the State

ULFA's Quest for Sovereignty

Nani Gopal Mahanta - Department of Political Science and Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies, Gauhati University, Assam, India

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. Read More...

Prof. Samir Kumar Das, Vice-Chancellor, University of North Bengal, releasing the book "Confronting the State"