04 December, 2020

Maps Of Hatred, Redrawn

Violence comes in cyclical waves in the Bodo areas. This time, it’s a tsunami.

Maps Of Hatred, Redrawn

There’s so much despair in the makeshift relief camps in the Bodo heartland. Tensions run high, and talk at all the camps hew close to the same script—of pain and loss that came without warning. In the districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and now Baksa in lower Assam, it’s as if the entire hinterland is huddled in separate ‘ethnic’ camps. Sporadic clashes over the last week between Bodos and Bangla-speaking Muslims have left 44 dead till now and over two lakh homeless—the casualties and the suffering distributed evenly. And it’s not over yet.

By now, 13 army columns have moved into the four districts, carried out flag marches and cleared rail tracks for the resumption of train movement. The conflict has hit train traffic, Kokrajhar and Bongaigaon being on the main artery of the rail route in Assam to neighbouring states. All inbound and outbound trains were halted at various stations between Guwahati and Alipurduar, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. Escorted by the army,...



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