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BJP has re-opened old wounds of ethnic conflict in Assam by pushing the Citizenship Bill soon after NRC in the state. Protests in Assam over the Bill reflect people’s natural anger. From here, it’s just a few more steps towards insurgency. BJP promised development to the region, not renewed conflict.

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  1. I think CM Mamata Banerjee will be the biggest beneficiary of these missteps. Bengal is close enough to the north east – actually, a gateway; if we had ASEAN like development vision, the state could have been the epicentre of renaissance for the wider region – for the heat of these flames to be felt. She will tell Bengalis, This is what the alternative looks like. 2. As for Assam, truly an avoidable tragedy. A state that is ravaged almost annually by floods. A resource rich state, which could be said for the entire north east, which is opting out of a bolder development experiment that requires more integration with the rest of the country, not something as archaic as an Inner Line Permit. 3. One knows too little about the north east to judge the risks of a return of insurgency to Assam. Perhaps a Cut the Clutter will educate us.

    • Nothing will happen except left wing wishes on this, and their fear mongering to people. There is Clause 6th of Accord which will protect the local people of that state. The Govt has also said it will look into it.

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