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Demographic Invasion, Assamese Identity and Geopolitics

Author(s): Jitendralal Borkakoti

Journal: Space and Culture, India
ISSN 2052-8396

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 28;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Illegal migration | Assam Accord | Assam Movement | Assamese identity | geopolitics

This article critically examines several dimensions of the Bangladeshi migration to Assam, beginning with the historical background and the factors that led to the Assam Movement. It is argued that the seeds of the apparent failure of deporting illegal Bangladeshis were already implanted in Assam Accord. An analysis of the numbers of the Bangladeshi migrants in Assam and the problems of ascertaining such numbers has been carried out. The impact of large-scale migration on Assamese culture and politics is discussed in view of the balkanisation of the ethnic groups in Assam. Attention has been drawn to the dangers of geopolitics in terms of the proposed North East economic zone. Lastly, a relatively conciliatory and accommodating approach to solve the Bangladeshi issue has been suggested in light of the fact that historical events have overtaken some significant   provisions of the 28-year old Assam Accord.

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