Swami Vivekanand called it the second most beautiful place on earth after Kashmir. Today, the wonder that was Assam is a mass of decomposing bodies, petty politicking, strewn hopes, unfathomable despair and a fear that says: only man is vile.
In Assam, it does not matter whether the conflict is ethnic or communal or over land or some other issue. Any of these reasons-or all combined-might have triggered the violence. But more than 90 people (numbers go up each day) do not get killed-more 400,000 are not rendered homeless-because some Johnny come lately-whether a Bodo or an Assamese Muslim or an `infiltrator-decides to fight the `other. For the violence to attain such a gruesome character and a pitch that refuses to abate-an organized hand-or multiple forces-have to be at work. …..