Secessionism has been a perpetual problem in the northeast region. The insurgency problem in this region has caught the attention of mainland India. Assam, the gateway to the northeast has been experiencing insurgency for the last three decades. The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has been demanding a separate independent state from India. It came into existence along with the Assam Movement’ in 1979 against foreign nationals. In the initial phase, ULFA got people’s support due to its image, which continued over the years. From the very beginning, it has been taking a violent path to achieve this goal in Assam.
The emergence of ULFA in Assam viewed as another law ad order problem by the government of India. The attitude and treatment the state received from the government should have finished the outfit long time back. However, it did not happen. ULFA managed to have a hold in the state. Thought this study, the author has tied to find out from the civil society as what do they think of this prolonged problem. Moreover, what is it that is keeping it alive? What is it that the common people want from ULFA? The book also looks into the genesis of ULFA and other separatists movements of the northeast.