Who must read this book? Every Indian!
- It is a brief intro to the history and legends of Assam, about the role of Lachit Borphukan in keeping the British out of Assam, and about Gopinath Bordoloi ensuring that Assam was never lost to East Pakistan.
- It is a brief intro to the culture and demographics of Assam, and also about the way its demographics have been demolished and altered in irreversible sense by the unabated onslaught from illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
- It is a brief account of how Congress leaderships over several decades kept bringing in more and more of Bangladeshi migrants just to change the voter dynamics of districts where Congress would have no or low chances of winning the elections.
- It is a brief account of the largest and longest lasting but least heard student-led movement in the history of Independent India, Assam Movement, which gave birth to not just the regional political heavyweight, AGP, but also to the terror outfit ULFA prior to which there was no terrorist faction of any kind in the Assamese lands.
And blending all of those aforementioned things and plenty more stuff, this book is an account of how BJP went from no footprints in North-east to registering an unseen and unheard-of victory in the state of Assam. This book is not just a brilliant account of what went behind the scenes in the entire electioneering, but also about what a tremendous lot goes into winning an election, and also into losing one.
I might like a politician and his party, or I might not. But, after reading this book I surely am in deep awe of the astounding deal of hard work, strategizing, planning and executing which one has to do to even fight an election anywhere in this uber complicated country. Winning an election is an altogether another level above that, no doubt. Thus, no matter how much I might detest any politician, I would always respect one for one’s ambition to fight an election.
That includes the blue eyed Gandhi prince 🙂
This book, it has taught me so much about the North-east India and especially Assam that I never knew. And, that’s despite me considering myself to be a very aware individual when it comes to the political and cultural history of almost all major states of India. Thus, this book has been a sheer eye-opener. Thus, I wholeheartedly request every Indian to read this book. If you are not into how elections are fought, and hos particularly BJP, Congress and AIUDF fought the 2016 State elections of Assam, don’t read the book after the fourth chapter. But, do read it till that point at least. It’s totally worth your money, time and energy, I can bet on that!
I take a lot of pride after having read this book. I personally believe that I know way more about Assam, its demographics, geographies and politics now than any average Indian by a long shot. However, more than that pride, what pains me is that until I read this book, I didn’t know so much about a very significant part of my country in which I have been living for 24 years. That’s despite having studied in best of schools wherever I stayed, and currently pursuing MBA final year in one of the best colleges in this country.
It’s a shame, the way this region’s history and leaders and culture have not just been under-represented, but totally un-represented in the textbooks of History that we students have been taught in schools over the years, and also in the national news media which hardly even has a local presence in these North-eastern states.
Yes, I am talking about Zee, ABP, Times Now, NDTV, India TV, Aajtak and all of them. All. Shame on them all.
And also on NCERT and over 6 decades of Congress rule which made the history of India about itself, Nehru, and Gandhi alone. Not even a mere mention of Gopinath Bordoloi, Bhagat Singh and the likes of Shubhash Chandra Bose?
What kind of Indian history is that?
Thus, I won’t mind saying that this book is equivalent to a textbook that every Indian should read until they amend and update our Nehruvian and Gandhian-only history books which have space for teaching students about the French revolution, but not the The Battle of Saraighat which still echoes unthinkable deal of pride and valour in almost every native Assam citizen even after centuries have passed since.