Assam playing host to anti-insurgency plays

March 15th, 2009 - 12:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Jorhat (Assam), Mar 15 (ANI): Theatre artists have staged two plays at Jorhat in Assam to spread the message of peace.
The plays, one in Assamese and the other in Hindi, are based on insurgency and other problems posing obstacles to the state’’s progress.
The plays focus on how the state is at a loss because of the absence of investment in a climate of insecurity and lawlessness.
“It was really touching because the play was based on violence caused by militants. The play gave the message of peace and harmony,” said B. Arup, a resident.
Assam is one of seven states in the country racked by insurgency.
The state of Assam has been badly affected by armed insurgency over the last one and a half decades with various insurgent groups like the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), Dima Halim Daoga (DHD), United People’’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS) and National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN). ULFA has been demanding the independence of Assam since 1979 and accuses New Delhi of exploiting the state’’s resources and doing little to develop the province.
The outfit has also accused non-Assamese people of plundering the state’’s resources and spoiling its culture.
More than 20,000 people have been killed so far in the ULFA insurgency. (ANI)

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