Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Baruah: Assam's underlying issues remain unresolved

Sanjib Baruah, one of the foremost scholars of the northeast, has written an opinion piece for Forbes India cautioning against drawing excessively optimistic conclusions from Assam's recent elections.  Positives such as the high voter turnout, the fact that ULFA did not call a boycott and less prominence for the inflammatory citizen status (ie anti Bangladeshi settlers) issue, are, he argues, balanced by unresolved issues of citizenship and identity he traces back to partition.

A recent edition of the South Asia Intelligence Review contains a fairly upbeat assessment of the Assamese polls, results of which will be published on 13 May.

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