Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has been in the chair for exactly a month and his problems are mounting by the day. Assam may not have seen the kind of violence that Manipur did in response to the extension of the ceasefire with the NSCN(IM) to contiguous areas of the northeast, but Gogoi is aware of the simmering discontent. In an interview, he spells out the reason why he is worried about the Centre's "unwise" move. Excerpts:
You seem to be quite upset after the extension of the ceasefire... We were not even consulted. How can the Centre do this unilaterally? We could easily have been taken into confidence. This is a very sensitive issue.
How then did you come to know about the move?
The home secretary in New Delhi sent a fax to my chief secretary about the extension. That is how I came to know. This is no way to handle something as politically sensitive as this.
You have said that Assam will never agree to the concept of what they call Greater Nagaland.
We just cannot concede any land from Assam to carve out...