28 years have gone by since the start of the liberation struggle by the United Liberation Front of Assam. Many boys have died and their bodies rest in unmarked graves in jungles of Bhutan, Arunachal, Myanmar and still many have died in their own backyards. Many are languishing in the different jails all throughout Assam. Many have surrendered and joined the mainstream. Not only the boys, with them many civilians who did not have anything to do with liberation have given their lives in this ongoing struggle between the state and the liberation army.
United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) was formed on April 7, 1979 at the Rang Ghar in Sibsagar to establish a "sovereign socialist Assam" through an armed struggle. Of course, there was an initial euphoria and an unnaturally heightened sense of alienation because of the step motherly attitude of the Indian Government in the initial stages of the movement. The truth has since been gradually realised and that sense of alienation has died.
Times have changed. The boys are disillusioned after living in jungle camps with mosquitoes and malaria, killing, avoiding the bullets of the Indian security forces, and no real destination in sight. To the mainstream Assamese the ULFA is no longer a struggle for national salvation but one that keeps normal life disturbed. Is it not the time to rethink and ask the people what they want? The ULFA should ask the people if the Assamese people see the ULFA movement as a beneficial and healthy activity for the betterment of the Assamese people? Do the Assamese people really feel they are not part of India and are being exploited by Delhi?
Now the final question is that whether the ULFA movement is something that is wanted by the people of Assam and supported by them or is it something, which is being imposed on them.
Acclaimed Assamese music composer and singer Kula Barua emphasizes on a State Sangeet Natak Academy for the benefit of performing artistes and also the new generation who would study the Assamese culture in future. Attending the ‘Guest of the Month’ program at Guwahati Press Club on Thursday (2 November 2017), the soft spoken gentleman also insisted on relentless appreciation of Assamese music and songs. Answering various questions raised by the participating journalists, Barua expressed concern that the lyrics have now been ignored by a section of present time singers. He remembered Dr Bhupen Hazarika’s contribution to modern Assamese lyrics and termed him as an emperor who used to create musical histories with his immortal songs.
Born in Silpukhuri, Guwahati (21 January 1938), Barua completed his initial schooling at Tezpur and later shifted to Cotton Collegiate School in the city. He studied at B Barua College, Guwahati. The soft spoken gentleman took retirement from his government job in 1996. A popular footballer at his young age, Barua used to perform Hawaian-guiter, Congo and Bongo those days.
Barua’s singing career started with Chemoniar Chora of All India Radio and later he was recognised as a radio artiste in 1968. He has sung in several Assamese movies like ‘Paap Aru Praychitta’, ‘Srimati Mohimamoy’, ‘Sadori’, ‘Bristi’, ‘Sendur’, ‘Bishes Erati’, ‘Prabhati Pakhir Gaan’, ‘Banahansa’ etc. Barua contributed for ‘Srimoti Mohimamoi’ and ‘Sadori’ as a music director too. Barua directed music for two television (Doordarshan) serials namely ‘Lahar’ and ‘Namghariya’.
In view of the security for the ensuing declaration of Assembly election results on May 19 and growing road accidents , the Udalguri district administration has felt the need organise the traffic system.
A team of officials drawn from the district traffic police, transport and enforcement departments leaded by Bhaskar Dutta DTO Udalguri on Sunday undertook a drive at M.B Road near the Tangla HS Field to penalise the drivers of overcrowded vehicles and driving without helmets and driving licences.
In the drive, the authorities penalised drivers for overloading and two-wheeler drivers for not wearing helmets.
'We have taken out such drives ensuing growing accidents.Similar spot-fine drives were taken out in the district town which drew huge revenue,' said an official of the team.
IC traffic Sona ram Medhi of local police said "We have been regularly manning the road carrying out such drives in the town,but people seem not to be cautious and prefer paying spot-fines rather."
Many two-wheeler riders were seen making excuses for not wearing helmets some even indulged in verbal altercations but none were spared even women riders were seen paying spot-fines.
Senior journalist Satish Chandra Sharma passed away on Thursday. The 68-year long journalist who worked with United News of India for nearly four decades died at a local hospital where he was undergoing treatment for the past few days
Sharma started his career at the Shillong bureau of UNI in the sixties decade of the last century.
He went on to serve as bureau chief at Gwalior and Guwahati, before retiring from Ranchi in the same capacity in 2006.
He held various important positions as a journalist, including being the president of GuwahatiPress Club and Assam Union of Working Journalists. His body was taken to the GuwahatiPress Club in the morning.