“Curfew in Indian State After Rebels Kill 63”
The Washington Post, December 24, 2014, p.A8
“Hundreds of survivors of a brutal rebel attack that killed at least 63 people in northeastern India sought shelter Wednesday in a church and school while security forces imposed a curfew in a bid to contain the latest bout of ethnic violence. Long-simmering land and ethnic disputes in Assam state erupted in bloodshed Tuesday when authorities said rebels belonging to a faction of an indigenous separatist group called the National Democratic Front of Bodoland attacked tribal settlers known as Adivasi. Most of the Adivasis, whose ancestors migrated to Assam more than 100 years ago, have worked on tea plantations. … The Adivasis are a mix of Hindus and Christians and many had been preparing for Christmas when the attack took place, survivors said. … Bodo rebels have been fighting for a separate homeland for their indigenous tribe, which makes up 10 percent of Assam’s 33 million people. They have staged attacks against both Adivasi and Muslim settlers in violence that has left at 10,000 people dead, most of them civilians, in the last three decades. In May, the same rebels group shot and killed more than 30 Muslims.”
Quickie Analysis: Indian conflicts tend not to get much attention here, but attacks like this are sobering reminders that India can be every bit as nasty when it come to ethnic conflict as anywhere else.