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EDITORIAL: Peace- A Harder Ball Game 1997 To 2011, 14 Year Itch

It is an irony but an educative irony, no doubt, and this learning curve has come not from the vicissitudes of the years spent in the jungles, but more from the days spent in sitting across the table and negotiating with the former foe. It took the NSCN, read the Isak-Muivah faction, more than or nearly... 

Peace In Sight, ULFA Victims Speak Up

As the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) prepares for peace talks with the Centre, the victims of its terror demand a say in the process. FOR 18 YEARS, Bhobendra Chandra Kalita, 48, has been lying crippled in his house at Chamatiapara of Assam’s Darrang district. Almost every night, he has nightmares... 

Spirit Of Plebiscite Vs Spirit Of Manipur

1. In this conflict-ridden situation, the announcement by Shri RK Meghen @ Sanayaima, UNLF Chief to hold a plebiscite to end Indo-Manipur confrontation has been construed by various individuals and organizations in divergent ways. Mostly civil society organizations (CSOs) are taking it as a means to... 

ULFA Asks For Dhemaji Forgiveness

DHEMAJI, May 25: ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa today publicly sought forgiveness for the killing of ten children and three women in a bomb blast in Assam‘s Dhemaji district on August 15, 2004. Rajkhowa, who is on parole, at a public meeting in Dhemaji town, where ‘foreign secretary’... 

ULFA Duo, Meghen Still In Interpol List

GUWAHATI, May 7: Years have passed since they were arrested, but the Interpol Red Corner notices slapped on ULFA’s general secretary, Anup Chetia, and foreign secretary Sashadhar Choudhury, and UNLF chairman Rajkumar Meghen are yet to be with-drawn. The notices were issued against the trio when they... 

When Regret Is Meaningless

WHEN rebels who have wreaked havoc, killed in cold blood and held the state to ransom begin to indulge in soul-searching, it can only mean two things. They either do not have the stomach to battle it out in the wild because they have crossed the threshold of youth; or the ransom they have extracted from... 

INTERVIEW: ULFA Is Committed To Peace: Arabinda Rajkhowa

ULFA head says all energies are focused on making peace happen in Assam this time Arabinda Rajkhowa. Image Credit: Tehelka In the din of the assembly election, a significant event has got lost. The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), a banned outfit, held its 32nd Raising Day in the open in Assam.... 

Barua-Rajkhowa Gulf Not That Unbridgeable

ULFA’S elusive self-styled ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Barua now seizes every opportunity that comes his way to stay in the public eye and also make his outfit’s presence felt. On 28 March, the day Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to arrive in Guwahati for an election campaign, Barua loyalists... 

Assam Polls: Tinsukia District, ULFA Faction To Slug It Out With Hindi Speakers

TINSUKIA, Mar 30: It is a tussle between the anti-talk faction of ULFA led by Paresh Barua and the Hindi speaking people in Tinsukia district of Assam on the ensuing state assembly elections. Tinsukia district is situated in eastern Assam where it has often sent a couple of Hindi-speaking legislators... 

EDITORIAL: War To Peace: Changing Tracks

The politics of peace, reconciliation with one’s foe or rival and coming to terms with the harsh fact that life is as much about compromising as it is about upholding one’s principle and philosophy of life, is perhaps the first step needed to work out a solution to a seething problem or a burning... 

ULFA Calls Assam Bandh Against PM’s Poll Trip

GUWAHATI, Mar 26: In order to disrupt Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s election campaign in Assam the Paresh Barua faction of ULFA has called a 12-hour bandh on Monday. In an attempt to prevent the Prime Minister from canvassing support for the Congress in Assam the Paresh Barua-led anti-talks faction... 

The Ray Of Hope, But…

It remains to be seen whether the nascent ULFA peace process will yield the desired results. The most powerful man in the outfit, Paresh Baruah, remains recalcitrant. There is an impression that peace might be a reality in Assam very soon, given that a familiarization dialogue between the leadership... 

ULFA Attacks Rajiv Bhavan, 5 Hurt

Portions of the wall ripped apart at the blast. Image Credit: Sangai Photo. GUWAHATI, Mar 14:  A grenade attack on the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) head-quarters in Guwahati on Monday evening left at least five persons injured. The anti-talks group of the outlawed United Liberation Front...