By Navin Sharma ,Dibrugarh Assam

Pragjyotishpura (Land of eastern lights) known in ancient times, and Kamrupa in medieval, Assam is the anglicized name for the State that is the bridge between the North East and the rest of India. A state that was known for Tea, natural beauty and Oil is now in discussion in circle because of insurgency all around the state.

 

It was an evening of April 21, 1979, a few starry-eyed men gathered at the Rang Ghar, an entertainment theatre in the ruined palace complex of Sibsagar, once the seat of Assam’s mighty Ahom kings. The palace, which symbolizes a fiercely independent era in Assamese history. These men had gathered there to pledge their lives for the cause of Assam’s freedom. That day, 33 years ago, the United Liberation Front of Assam, or ULFA, was born which later became the pivotal outfit for insurgency and chaos in Assam. Not surprisingly, the upsurge followed a predictable course. While the roots lay in the feelings of alienation in Assam, the subsequent years of futile struggle against a moderately powerful state underlined the uselessness of chasing a mirage. The initial sense of isolation was undoubtedly the result of the state

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