Are Assamese Hindus

: Assam: There is no end to the murder

Six weeks after the riots broke out in Assam, calm has still not returned to this northeastern state of India. Over 4,000 people have been killed so far, two thirds of them women and children.

Hardly a day goes by without more people dying in Assam, hardly a day without raids and massacres, hardly a day when the army and police do not drive crowds apart with targeted shots. Nellie is the name of the place where the worst slaughter took place in February (over 1000 dead). Massacres of this kind are repeated over and over again. The remains of over 500 people have just been found on the Mangaldai Chaparis, the islands in the Brahmaputra northeast of Gauhati.

The true extent of the daydream will probably never be known. Dogs and vultures did a great job. Many places are so remote that the auxiliaries have still not reached them. The knee-deep sand paths that lead into the villages have meanwhile turned into mud since the rainy season has started; for trucks, even for jeeps, getting through has become impossible.

The Indian army patrols the state like an occupied country. She can search, arrest and shoot at her own discretion. The arrest of a leader of the People's Liberation Army for Assam has just been announced. This indirectly confirmed that the resistance to the politics of Delhi is not only borne by the Assamese students. It is also organized militarily.

The bloody clashes mostly, but not always, result in the slaughter of Assamese tribesmen on new immigrants from Bengal and Bangladesh. The unrest is also often used to settle old scores: between Assamese Hindus and Muslim immigrants, between Muslim Assamese and Hindu Bengalis, between the long-established Hindus and newcomers.

It is all the more incomprehensible that the government in Delhi is not placing the Assam problem at the top of its list of priorities. Even the reserved Times of India criticizes Indira Gandhi's adamant attitude, which she describes as "quite unusual". If Indira Gandhi insists, the newspaper writes, on keeping the newly elected government of her fellow party member Sakia in office, it will only play into the hands of the rapidly growing extremist movement: "If New Delhi does not wake up from its dreams, then let it go predict that mass slaughter like in Nellie will become the norm. "

Gabriele Venzky