The following article written by Madhusudan S, a member of New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India), is based on his experiences on a recent visit to North-Eastern India. The article appeared in the Jan-Feb 2012 edition of Dudiyora Horaata (Workers’ Struggle).
The scenic, beautiful and culturally diverse states of the North Eastern frontier really are a “Paradise Unexplored” for the world. But within the “Seven Sisters” lies deep roots of agony and misery, entwined by the historic exploitation by the Indian ruling class and various secessionist movements that has become a daily reality in most parts of the North-East. While the various armed rebellion movements seeking separation have mushroomed as a reaction to the excesses of the Indian state, nevertheless they
too have become a source of brutality for the ordinary people in most parts of the North-East.