Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Birth Place of ULFA - Sibsagar

Writing about Sibsagar and the great Ahoms whose presence can still be felt through the remnants of their signature architecture, one cannot leave this place without mentioning another extremely important development that this place witnessed in these modern times.

It was more than three decades ago, on the 7th of April 1979, a few young men gathered on the pristine lawns of the Rang-ghar, the amphitheatre of the bygone Ahom kings, and pledged to create a sovereign socialist Assam through armed struggle. Thus giving birth to United Liberation Front of Asom or ULFA.

This is not the forum to discuss the merits or de-merits of the ULFA, but certain questions keep pricking the conscious. Why choose the Rang - ghar to formulate stratagies for the birth of a revolutionary movement? Was it the historic significance of the place that motivated these young men? Or was it just youthful exuberance that put them on the revolutionary road?

The answers will never be known or correctly understood, but that is not the point. It was the place that warranted the above information.

Have fun till my next post!




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