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Violence in Assam Has Deep Roots
The New York Times
July 26, 2012
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Displaced villagers wait at a relief camp at Bijni village in Chirang District, about 240 kilometers from Guwahati, the capital of Indias northeastern state of Assam, on Thursday.
Is it possible for an entire population to go spontaneously berserk?
That is what seemed to happen in Assam, where a sudden outbreak of riots between the Bodo people, a tribal group, and Bengali Muslims has led to 42 deaths and the displacement of an estimated 150,000 people in a period of less than a week. On Thursday, the federal government sent more troops to the region, adding to the 6,000 army and paramilitary forces already on the ground.
Appearances are, as is often the case, deceptive.
This current situation was actually building up for almost two months, and has roots that run decades deep. On May 29, a local Muslim youth group, the All Bodoland Minority Students Union, called for a general shutdown in Kokrajhar district and town, at heart of the Bodo tribes homeland. The immediate cause was the alleged removal of a signboard from a mosque on a plot of forest land near the town. The Bodoland Territorial Council administration, created when the Bodo Liberation Tigers, who were seeking a separate state within the Indian union, laid down their weapons in 2003, held that the mosque was an illegal structure occupying forest land.
The administration, run by a former Bodo militant leader, Hagrama Mohilary, prevented the protesters from forcing shops and offices to close. Local reports said eight police officers, a journalist, two tribal employees of the Bodoland secretariat and at least four protesters were injured in skirmishes....
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