[Assam] TOI, better create Indian opinion supporting restoration of Assam Sovereignty.
cmahanta at charter.net
Thu Oct 27 11:32:44 EDT 2005
> >The only thing that I see here in this e-mail is that
>the person posting it is in the USA
**** That must be a serious disqualification!
> >Something does not connect :-). Intellectual acuity
**** Must be a very astute comment/opinion. But I can't tell. Anyone
attempting to rebut my observation would need to point out how it
was wrong or without merit. But that would require, at the very
least, an ability to fake like a fakir. Intellectual acuity won't
At 8:17 AM -0700 10/27/05, Rajib Das wrote:
>Come to think of it - even in the context of the very
>pompously called Indo-Assam conflict, India has done
>pretty well - the lack of Indian intellectual acuity
>The only thing that I see here in this e-mail is that
>the person posting it is in the USA and the ones with
>the Indian intellectual acuity continue to hold on to
>Something does not connect :-). Intellectual acuity
>--- Chan Mahanta <cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:
>> > the real skills of the government negotiators
>> would be tested -
>> **** While one must hope for the best, it would be
>> prudent for people
>> to prepare for the worst, particularly in view of
>> the record of
>> twenty seven years of Indian intellectual acuity (
>> or the appalling
>> absence of it).
>> >-- skills of the government negotiators ?
>> Is that an oxymoron or what?
>> At 12:35 PM +0000 10/27/05, Bartta Bistar wrote:
>> >Centre-ULFA talks strike right cord
>> >, October 27, 2005 11:48:11 am IANS ]
>> >GUWAHATI: The positive beginning to the landmark
>> peace talks between
>> >Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and representatives
>> of the outlawed
>> >United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has raised
>> hopes for bringing
>> >the curtain down on a dragging insurgency in the
>> >Talks ended Wednesday in New Delhi between the
>> People's Consultative
>> >Group (PCG), a civil society team chosen by the
>> ULFA, and the
>> >central government that was aimed at ending nearly
>> three decades of
>> >bloodshed in Assam.
>> >There were lots of positives from the first round
>> of formal talks
>> >with the prime minister saying he was ready to
>> discuss "all issues"
>> >relating to the ULFA.
>> >The main issues put forward by the 11-member PCG
>> team at the talks
>> >include release of six senior jailed ULFA leaders,
>> scaling back
>> >military operations, and discussing ULFA's core
>> demand of
>> >'sovereignty' in future negotiations.
>> >"The very fact that the prime minister openly said
>> he was ready to
>> >discuss all issues is in itself a step forward in
>> the right track.
>> >We see a big ray of hope in our efforts at
>> brokering peace," Dilip
>> >Patgiri, a radical student leader and one of the
>> PCG members, said
>> >The PCG is a team of civil society leaders, most of
>> them known for
>> >having a soft corner for the ULFA. A majority of
>> the PCG members
>> >were often critical of the government in the past.
>> >It is in this context that positive statements
>> coming in from the
>> >ULFA representatives after the talks bode well for
>> the peace process.
>> >"The prime minister was very serious in his
>> approach and we all felt
>> >his sincerity when he spoke about solving the
>> conflict without any
>> >preconditions," noted Assamese writer and PCG
>> leader Indira Goswami
>> >The fact that the talks were held was in itself a
>> major victory for
>> >the government as it was able to break the ice for
>> the first time,
>> >the ULFA would have to be really bold to resort to
>> violence now with
>> >the Assamese public clamoring for peace and
>> reposing full faith on
>> >the PCG.
>> >This is where the Congress-led United Progressive
> > Alliance
>> >government in New Delhi scored over the previous
>> Bharatiya Janata
>> >Party led National Democratic Alliance government
>> The NDA government
>> >had rejected ULFA's offer for talks, saying it
>> cannot begin a
>> >dialogue with the rebels unless they gave up their
>> demand of
>> >'sovereignty' and called a ceasefire.
>> >"Holding talks on the issue of sovereignty does not
>> necessarily mean
>> >the government would have to concede their demand,"
>> Goswami said.
>> >There would be a few more rounds of talks between
>> the PCG and Indian
>> >government negotiators before the ULFA and New
>> Delhi agree to a
>> >bilateral ceasefire and then probably a
>> face-to-face dialogue
>> >between the rebel leadership and the peace
>> >"We all are looking for a permanent solution to the
>> problem and if
>> >the attitude of the Indian government remains the
>> same we definitely
>> >see an end to the conflict," said Ajit Bhuyan,
>> another PCG member
>> >and editor of the Assamese daily Aji
>> >It would now be difficult for the ULFA to backtrack
>> with so much of
>> >hype over the talks and it is here that the real
>> skills of the
>> >government negotiators would be tested - the sooner
>> they are able to
>> >bring the rebel leadership for direct talks, the
>> better the chances
>> >of peace dawning in Assam and the rest of the
>> northeast as well.
>> >"If the ULFA leaders come for direct talks, then
>> scores of rebel
>> >armies in the northeast would definitely toe their
>> line and come for
>> >negotiations," an analyst said.
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