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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Subhir Bhaumik’s new book on NE India released in Assam

ANI, Guwahati, 15 December : Veteran BBC journalist Subhir Bhaumik’s new book - “Troubled Periphery- Crisis of India’s North-East” - was released here on Tuesday.
Speaking after the book launch, Bhaumik said his attempt was to explain the crisis roiling the restive region for the rest of the country. “I tried to write a book, which explains the crisis of India’s northeast and this is basically for the rest of the country to understand why northeast is different, is not like the rest of the country. In fact northeast India is a place where India looks less and less India and more and more like the high land societies of South Asia, Burma or South East China, precisely because the ancestors of many of the ethnic groups of these region came from those area than from the mainland,” he added.
Bhaumik said that the government must hold open dialogue with the rebel groups fighting for a separate state. “Both sides have to think what this conflict means for the people of Assam and the people cannot take this conflict anymore. 30 years is a long time. But it is also true that there has to be peace with honour, honour for all sides. So I think it should be an open-minded dialogue. It should be a dialogue without precondition,” said Bhaumik.
Hailing from Tripura, Bhaumik has been working with BBC since 1994. ‘Troubled Periphery’ is his second book after “Insurgent Crossfire”. Photo : Subhamoy Bhattacharjee

Bangladesh tightens security ahead of "Victory Day"
Xinhua, Dhaka, 15 December : Securities have been beefed up across Bangladesh as part of preparations to secure the smooth celebration of the Victory Day Wednesday.
Law enforcement agencies and intelligence bodies across the country have already been on alert to stave off any untoward incidents, Inspector General of Bangladesh Police, Noor Mohammad, told reporters Tuesday. After a high-level meeting, he said, "Law enforcers will keep strong vigil during the Victory Day programs across the country." READ FULL STORY

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