Articles by Sushanta Talukdar
May 19, 2019
AFSPA withdrawal likely in Assam after July but dependence of state police on Central forces to battle insurgency to continueThe ground realities indicate that even after the withdrawal of the AFSPA, the Assam government will remain dependent on Central paramilitary forces to meet the operational requirement of counter-insurgency in the state.
Apr 01, 2019
Ahead of Lok Sabha Election, AGP and BJP mum on Citizenship Amendment Bill; seek to corner Congress on Assam AccordIn 2014, the BJP won seven of the 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam while the Congress managed to win only three seats when Modi wave swept the country.
Mar 14, 2019
Lok Sabha election: AGP's opposition to Citizenship Bill turns into mockery after party renews ties with BJPAGP has sought three of the total 14 Lok Sabha seats in the state and one of the two Rajya Sabha seats that will fall vacant soon.
Jan 21, 2019
Sword of Constitution (ST) Amendment Bill, 2019 hangs over Sarbananda Sonowal as Assam CM walks tightrope over expansion of Scheduled Tribe listThe Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to expand the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Assam is hanging like the Sword of Damocles over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government headed by Sarbananda Sonowal.
Jan 08, 2019
LS passes Citizenship Amendment Bill: Assam poised to have two classes of citizens as religion becomes basisThe passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by a voice vote is a crucial step closer to making religion the basis for identification of "illegal Bangladeshi migrants" in Assam, in violation of the Assam Accord
Dec 14, 2018
Religion column in citizenship application form allows Centre to dodge NRC; ordinance route open for making Hindu foreigners IndianThe ordinance route remains as an option left for the Modi government to achieve the primary objective of the bill –- granting citizenships to the six non-Muslim minority communities in Assam.
Nov 05, 2018
Dhola massacre sign of linguistic polarisation reaching flashpoint over Citizenship Bill; Assam govt to be put to testExtreme opinions and provocative statements by some over the Citizenship Amendment Bill have worsened this linguistic divide in Assam, of which the Dhola massacre is proof.
Oct 25, 2018
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Centre may take ordinance route if it is not passed during Parliament's Winter SessionThe Congress proposed that North-eastern states should be kept out of the purview of the bill
Aug 30, 2018
Extension of AFSPA in Assam: With declining insurgency, state may find it difficult to justify necessity of lawThe extension of AFSPA and the Assam Police linking a decision on its withdrawal to the NRC exercise has raised questions which the Sonowal government may find difficult to answer.
Jul 30, 2018
Election Commission in focus after release of Assam NRC final draft; fate of D-voters in its hands ahead of 2019 pollsThe 40 lakh people left out of the Assam NRC final draft can submit their claims, objections and corrections to Seva Kendras from 30 August to 28 September.