Now in Guwahati, largest city of
The state of
Firstly, over the weekend, there have been ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam) separatist attacks in Upper Assam, with the aim of making
The press also reported that rebels from the Black Widow faction of the Dima Halim Daoga (DHD) killed 8 saw mill workers in a remote district. The DHD is a group that wants to separate North Cachar Hills from
If the above were not already bad, what dominated headlines, however, was the bloody riots and brutal suppression of demonstrations involving the Adivasi (indigenous tribal people) originally from
The Adivasis (and their many factitious rival political organizations) continued to demonstrate in Guwahati, the state's largest city on Monday where they were attacked by Assamese civilians while police watched on. An Adivasi girl was attacked and stripped naked before being rescued, the whole episode was broadcast on national TV, which sparked off more demonstrations and riots today, as well as nationwide condemnations. Local TV report the events non-stop. The Adivasis organizations declared that they would hold general strikes and block national highways, thus paralyzing the tea districts of
Hmm… would this affect my journey to the
I flew here on Tuesday from
One other reason is that, there are many tribes in the Northeast who do look like me. Though most Assamese look Indo-Aryan like rest of
Furthermore, there are many other Mongoloid looking tribes in the hilly areas of
As they are more or less peripheral to
Apart from the ULFA and Dimara insurgencies I mentioned above, the state of Assam alone is also fighting four guerrilla groups of the Bodo tribe who want their own state, such as the All Bodo Students Union, Bodo Volunteer Force, Bodo Liberation Tigers and National Democratic Front of Bodoland; plus other groups with diverse tribal causes such as the Karbi National Volunteer, Kamtapur Liberation Organisation, Rabha National Security Force, Tiva National Revolution Force who want to set up independent countries for the Karbi, Kamtapur, Rabha and Tiva tribes respectively; and other groups such as Bengali Tiger Force, Muslim United Liberation Front and Islamic Liberation Tiger Force, whose aims are too obscure for me to find out!
Political troubles and natural disasters seemed to affect places that I visit.
Even in Rajasthan, Taslima, a controversial Bangladeshi writer was rushed to safety in Jaipur from Kolkata where riots broke out – Muslims there were protesting against her stay in West Bengal, where she had taken refuge after being forced to leave
On 1 December, I will head to Nagaland to attend the annual Hornbill Festival and then to Kolkata in
Basically, the WB government wants to turn 27,000 acres of land near Nandgram area into a special economic zone to construct plants for the Salim Group of
So, life has never been more exciting, though not helped by fact that phones from elsewhere do not roam at all in the Northeast. I'm going to suffer from mobile withdrawal syndromes.
Anyway, do stay tuned on to Wee Cheng's live report from exciting and Incredible