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There is a tendency to oversimplify such incidents in the media with headings such as "ethnic cleansing" or "Bodos versus Adivasis". These are dangerously lopsided views and they tend to escalate the tension even further. On analysis we find that, among other factors, the root cause for the recent massacre was essentially the struggle for land between the original inhabitants and supposed encroachers.
In thirty years of armed insurrections in this stretch of Assam, hundreds have been killed, many more have gone missing and a few million have been displaced. Another few thousands will be forced out of their home this winter. The survivors have lost count of the dead and the government has no data of the number of victims.
Suspected Bodo militants today killed 37 people--mainly tribals--and they included four women in a series of attacks at four places in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts of Assam. Police said that 10 ot...