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History, Philosophy and Society

History, Philosophy and Society HIREN GOHAIN Indians listen when Amartya Sen speaks not because he is a Nobel Prize winning celebrity, but because he has addressed passionately all our basic concerns from modern, enlightened humanist positions with exemplary lucidity, humour and scholarly discipline. Like many others in our country, I have been bewildered by vicious lessons drawn from our past by certain groups, who have also chosen to act brutally on them. Further I also feel rather weak and helpless in the face of the prevalent perception of India


This is with reference to my article entitled ‘Chronicles of Violence and Terror: Rise of United Liberation Front of Asom’ (March 24, 2007). The following are corrections to the errors that inadvertently crept into the piece and a paragraph that was omitted:

Chronicles of Violence and Terror

While the gruesome atrocities and the reports of alliances with foreign agents have hardened public doubts about the United Liberation Front of Asom, one cannot dismiss the entire enterprise as criminal and fraudulent. In the backdrop of the history of modern Assam, this article touches upon the conditions leading to the rise of ULFA, the making and unmaking of its character, its political significance, and the need for a sincere attempt at peace. The author views the ULFA's political immaturity, anarchic worship of violence (as the only solution) and adventurism as largely related to the fortunes of the Assamese people in historical circumstances not entirely of their own making and choice.

An Appeal for Sanity

The following statement was issued on January 12 by concerned citizens of Assam about the enormous scale of violence in the state and its consequences for the future.

The Nort-east: Post-Colonial Trauma?

With the liberal application of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 in the north-east wherever insurgency has raised its head, over time the army is getting brutalised. The state cannot remain far behind.

Governance as Theatre

The north-east, especially Assam, has always remained at the periphery of national attention. Little wonder then that actions taken by its ruling class appear as an "act" more to convince its political masters in faraway Delhi than to benefit the region's people. It is then that governance is reduced to a fine spectacle.

Land Question in Assam

The right to land was once deemed an inalienable right of the people. The colonial dispensation altered this equation, a practice that the postcolonial state persisted with. But threatened by the twin ravages of nature and the "acquisitive" forces of industrial capitalism, those dispossessed are beginning to fight back. In Assam, there has been a small beginning towards this.

A Century of Class Struggle

A Century of Class Struggle Planter Raj to Swaraj: Freedom Struggle and Electoral Politics in Assam by Amalendu Guha; Tulika Books, 2006;
HIREN GOHAIN When this book first came out in 1977, it marked a refreshing and most stimulating departure from the common run of Marxist studies in the history of Assam

On Saffronisation of Education

It is usually believed by exponents of Hindutva that theirs is a bold revolt against western hegemony, but in fact it is an imperfect and slavish imitation of that hegemonic system, a caricature.

Ethnic Unrest in the North-East

Hiren Gohain The current ethnic ferment in the north-east can only be understood against a background of historical changes like the withdrawal of old style of colonialism from the region, the rise of popular democratic forces that are yet to find appropriate political forms and the neo- colonial intrigues of contemporary imperialism.


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