ULFA self-appointed freedom fighters

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 19:35

Guwahati: The ULFA were `self-appointed`
freedom fighters for a sovereign Assam, which the people did
not want, noted economist and academician Dr Jitendralal
Borkakoty said on Wednesday.

"An analysis of the ULFA`s reasons in favour of their
demand for a sovereign state of Assam reveals that the
insurgents are self-appointed freedom fighters on behalf of
the Assamese people who do not want an independent Assam,"
said Borkakoty a specialist specialist in international trade
and a former professor at Middlesex University, London.

Stating that ULFA`s `misguided nationalism` did not
command the support of the people of Assam, he told reporters
"That sense of nationalism is polluted by indiscriminate
killing and mindless violence."

The ULFA`s demand for a plebiscite on the issue of
sovereignty, he said, "was unconstitutional as the provision
for political secession does not exist in the Constitution.

"The ULFA must realise, as the Mizo National Front
did, that a sovereign Assam is non-feasible proposition. These
matters must be settled by ballot boxes rather than by bullets
and bombs," he said.

He said "a landlocked Assam surrounded by India, China
and Bangladesh will be an economic nightmare, leading to
possible trade embargo. This will ruin its fragile economy,
thereby leading to starvation and famine."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 19:35

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