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ULFA Ready For Talks Through PCG

Guwahati: The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa on Sunday said the outfit was ready to hold peace talks with Indian Government to put an end the present impasse.
'We have all along been willing to hold talks for a respectable solution to the problem. We once again reiterate that if the Indian Government comes up with any proposal for a respectable solution to the problem and it is routed through the People's Consultative Group (PCG), we are ready to
consider,' Rajkhowa said in a statement published in its fortnightly newsletter Swadhinata or Freedom.’ The lack of any political solution has resulted in the conflict in
Assam turning violent,' the ULFA leader said.

The ULFA in September 2005 constituted the PCG, a group of civil society leaders, to begin exploratory talks with New Delhi aimed at facilitating direct negotiations between the rebel leadership and the government. Three rounds of talks between the PCG and New Delhi have taken place with
the first meeting being chaired by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

The PCG became defunct as it withdrew itself from the peace process after the India government called off a six-week ceasefire with the ULFA in September last year and resumed military operations blaming the outfit of stepping up violence and extortions.

The ULFA had earlier set certain preconditions for holding talks with New Delhi - the main demand being that the government agrees to hold discussion on the issue of sovereignty or independence of Assam. The other two demands were to free the jailed ULFA leaders and give information on whereabouts of the leaders and workers of the outfit during operation in Bhutan. However, the India government had refused to talk on the issue of sovereignty and said that it would hold talk with the banned outfit without any pre condition. 'If the government really wants to see peace in Assam they can very well amend the constitution to discuss sovereignty with us. The
government has all along been saying that nothing could be discussed outside the constitutional parameters,' the ULFA chairman said. The ULFA chairman also suggested a referendum on the issue on independence under UN supervision. 'Such a thing has happened elsewhere and so what is the problem to hold a referendum here?' he asked.
The PCG became defunct as it withdrew itself from the peace process after the
India government called off a six-week ceasefire with the ULFA in September last year and resumed military operations blaming the outfit of stepping up violence and extortions.

The ULFA had earlier set certain preconditions for holding talks with New Delhi - the main demand being that the government agrees to hold discussion on the issue of sovereignty or independence of Assam. The other two demands were to free the jailed ULFA leaders and give information on whereabouts of the leaders and workers of the outfit during operation in Bhutan. However, the India government had refused to talk on the issue of sovereignty and said that it would hold talk with the banned outfit without any pre condition. 'If the government really wants to see peace in Assam they can very well amend the constitution to discuss sovereignty with us. The
government has all along been saying that nothing could be discussed outside the constitutional parameters,' the ULFA chairman said. The ULFA chairman also suggested a referendum on the issue on independence under UN supervision. 'Such a thing has happened elsewhere and so what is the problem to hold a referendum here?' he asked.
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World Book Fair pays homage to Bhupen Hazarika, Indira Goswami

28 Feb 2012 - 3:48am | editor

Two of the greatest cultural titans of Assam were remembered in the same venue, on Monday. The biennial New Delhi World Book Fair saw the release of two new books on the life and times of Bhupen Hazarika and Indira Goswami (popularly known as Mamoni Raisom Goswami; whose demise last year resulted in intense outporiuring of grief not only in Assam but across the subcontinent. The event, with massive participation from book lovers and the Assamese community of Delhi is being deemed as a success.


After the demise of the two legends, many writers, scholars and journalists came up with works intended as a critical appraisals of their works. However, very little work was done in English, and probably that made Spectrum Publications to come up with the idea of two new books by people who personally knew Hazarika and Goswami and who are well-known faces in the literary and cultural sphere of Assam. The conference room of Hall No 6 of World Book Fair where the book-launching took place, was the culmination point of that aspiring venture.


Bhupen Da: The Bard of Brahmaputra, launched as a hardcover edition for now with a paperback edition coming soon, is a project successfully completed within just a month. The book was launched by Shanta Sharabjit Singh, Vice Chairman of Sangeet Natak Academy, an institution having fond memories of Hazarika, with the maestro being a past chairman. Sing recollected the memories of her association with Hazarika and said that the sheer gathering at his funeral is indeed a reflection of the sheer genius he was. The author duo, Hazarika’s close associate Kamal Kataky and Devajit Bhuyan dedicated their joint venture to all the fans of the legend. Kamal Kataky being a close acquaintance of Hazarika, was moved to a large extent during the course of the event and said that it is nearly impossible to confine Hazarika to the bounds of a single book.


On the other hand, Indira Goswami: Pain and Passion, an anthology having contributions from literary giants like UR Anantha Murthy and Amitav Ghosh was released by Dr Mukunda Kam Sharma, President of Assam Association. Uddipana Goswami, literary editor of Seven Sisters’ Post has edited the compilation. Dr Sharma provided a brief sketch of the life and achievements of Mamoni Raisom Goswami in his speech, saying that she was not just a novelist, but also an academician, a person with a sense of social awareness and was quite considerate regarding the Assamese students residing in Delhi. “It is a token of gratitude for Mamoni Baideu on my behalf”, said editor Uddipana Goswami, who was personally quite close to the litterateur.


The new releases are expected to receive positive responses not only in Delhi but also in the home state and abroad. The books, rich with an insider’s perspective are expected to be successful in capturing the imagination of people. The event ended on a jubilant note with Kamal Kataky strumming the chords of Sagar Sangamot and Manuhe Manuhor Babe on his guitar with everyone lending their vocals, providing a perfect homage to the legacy of the maestro.


Report By:


Bikram Bora, New Delhi




Winter session from Dec 15

22 Nov 2014 - 8:08pm | AT News

The Assam Assembly will hold its winter session from December 15. Governor JB Patnaik has convened the session for only 12 working days. Several crucial bills are scheduled to be moved in the short session.  

 

Tata Motors launched all new Indica Vista

14 Sep 2008 - 1:59am | Nanda Kirati Dewan
Tata Motors today launched the new generation of the country's first and only fully indigenous car- the Indica Vista at a function at Hotel Landmark, Guwahati.

The all new Indica Vista has been given a complete makeover. A complete new skin houses an all new interior and sculpted evolutionary, yet very contemporary body makes a bold styling statement. At nearly 3.8m length and 1.7m width with a wheel base of 2470mm, the car has grown size, mostly in the interior space. Photographs of the car would not speak that lot till one sees and tries it.

Speaking to selected media persons at the launch Nitin Seth, Head Car Product Group Tata Motors Ltd. Said, "The second Generation Indica Vista showcases the progress of Tata Motors has made over the several years of its first outing in the passenger car business in design, quality, performance and refinement. As of now it is Tata's ultimate answer.

Close to 9.1 lakhs Indicas has been produced and Tata Indica registered highest with a toll of 144,690 in its eight year of launch. Tata hopes same kind of turn over with the all new Indica Vista.