Lessons From Assam Carnage

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  • The National Democratic Front of Boroland (Songbijit) is the main suspect behind the death of over 30 muslim women and children, and is accused of carrying out ethnic cleansing.
  • The group, which is fighting for a sovereign Boroland to be carved out of Assam, was also behind the violence between Bodo community and the Urdu-speaking minority in 2012 which left hundreds dead and displaced lakhs of people.
  • In the context of these elections, the atmosphere is entirely negated. State BJP unit’s manifesto made a highly provocative promise of identifying and expelling all illegal immigrants staying in Assam except the Hindus, Buddhists, Sikh and SCs who have immigrated following religious, political and social persecution.
  • Survivors have identified the surrended of the erstwhile Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT), whose former leaders have now formed the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), as attackers.
  • BPF controls the Bodoland Territorial Council and was thus far an ally of the Congress in Assam. It has now indicated an alliance with the BJP.
  • Amidst these developments, it is imperative that investigating agencies identify the culprits and reassure migrant communities of their safety. Immediate steps towards security and protection should be taken.
  • State govt should be held accountable for its consistent failure in restricting violence and the looming threat of militancy in the state.
  • Govt should also initiate a process of vulnerability mappings in areas that are particularly susceptible to violence in the future.
  • Read at: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/lessons-from-assams-carnage/article5980508.ece

Exams Perspective:

  1. Bodoland Territorial Council
  2. Movement for Bodoland
  3. Vulnerability Mapping
  4. Illegal Immigrants
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