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Whenever one talks of riots in India, the #NellieRiots of 1983 are often mentioned. 1983 also saw bloody clashes in other areas of Assam which have been ignored by historians and journalists alike. The #GohpurRiots - “Bodo-Assamese Clashes” is one such story.

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Not much literature is available on what can be described as one of the major ethnic clashes in the history of Assam. The clashes continued well before 1983, peaked in the February of 1983 and continued for years.

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The ethnic clashes however find mention in Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty‘s “Assam: The Accord, The Discord” where she refers to a TOI report from 15th Feb 1983.

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With the AASU & AJYCP coming together to form the "Asom Jatiyo Parisad" ahead of #AssamElections2021, let's look back at the formation of the first major regional party of #Assam - The #AsomGanaParishad

Here’s a thread on its history and related stories.

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After signing of the #AssamAccord on 15 Aug '85, it was obvious that only becoming a part of the electoral process can bring a logical conclusion to the #AssamAgitation.

It started with the merger of all parties and organisations that had participated in the agitation.

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At the 2-day Golaghat Convention of October (13&14) 1985; AGP was formalised.

There were rifts from Day 1. Brindaban Goswami wanted to be the president of the newly formed AGP but was overruled in favour of Prafulla Mahanta.

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With the AASU & KMSS’s pronouncement of forming regional political parties ahead of #AssamElections2021, let's look back at the formation of the first major regional party of #Assam - The #AsomGanaParishad

Here’s a thread on its history and related stories.

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After signing of the #AssamAccord on 15 Aug '85, it was obvious that only becoming a part of the electoral process can bring a logical conclusion to the #AssamAgitation.

It started with the merger of all parties and organisations that had participated in the agitation.

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At the 2-day Golaghat Convention of October (13&14) 1985; AGP was formalised.

There were rifts from Day 1. Brindaban Goswami wanted to be the president of the newly formed AGP but was overruled in favour of Prafulla Mahanta.

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35 years ago on 15th of August; Assam had its “tryst with destiny” moment. The singing of the #AssamAccord was expected to change fortunes. 

Here are some interesting stories on the run up to the “historic” event from @sangbarooahpish's book ‘Assam The Accord,The Discord’

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A group of 6 members of AASU & AAGSP (Bhrigu Phukan, Prafulla Mahanta, Biraj Sarma, Nagen Sarma, Lalit Rajkhowa and Kumud Sarma) had been in Delhi since 9th August had been negotiating with Union Home Secy. Ram D Pradhan and Union Cabinet Secy P. K. Kaul.

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On 13 August, all the executive members of AASU and AAGSP were hurriedly summoned to Delhi by the MHA to hold a detailed and broad based discussion on the Assam problem. The first batch of 18 were flown to Delhi by two IAF flights & reached at around 5 p.m. on 14 August.

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The demand for #BogibeelBridge started in early 1960s. Even the Chinese aggression couldn't wake successive #Congress govts to move an inch towards realising people's dream of a much needed bridge.
People struggled for decades, students fought with successive Congress govts but they wont blink. Ultimately, it took the might of #AssamAgitation to take note of #BogibeelBridge demand.
1985: #Assam Accord was signed whereby #BogibeelBridge was committed by #Congress government led by then Prime Minister late #RajivGandhi. A demand - among many others - that was acknowledged after martyrdom of 855 young students of #Assam
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