The influx of illegal migrants from Bangladesh has altered Assam’s demography over the past few decades to the chagrin of local populace. Another irritant for the local masses has been the outsider domination of Assam’s wealth of natural resources, tea-estates, and business sector. The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) that grew from this popular resentment in 1979 soon emerged as a powerful militant organization in the subsequent years. The covert inflow of funds and weapons from China boosted the morale and potential of such organizations even further.
‘The ULFA Insurgency in Assam’ is the most revealing story of the ULFA terror that overshadowed the state power in Assam during the late 1980s. This terror outfit, now in shreds with remnants of its leadership in exile, was different in many ways from the rest anywhere else in the country. The orchestration of their operations – kidnapping, killing or extortion – was always spine-chilling and each strike left behind an eerie awe lurking for long. With the civil administration virtually gone defunct, it was the ULFA “Commanders’ writ” that ruled the state. That was Assam in November 1990 when the Army arrived and launched ‘Operation BAJRANG’ followed by ‘Operation RHINO’. The author, who personally led operations as Commanding Officer of an Army Unit (3 BIHAR), narrates the story in a style that puts the reader on the scene of action. This book is a treasure of education and inspiration for all civilian, military and media personnel having a concern with insurgency and terrorism.
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