Hiren Gohain, the fiercest critic of Assamese chauvinism is now charged with ‘advocating secession’

Scroll.in reports:
In 1980, the literary critic Hiren Gohain wrote an essay in the Economic and Political Weekly that set off a chain of responses from fellow Assamese academics. The essay, Cudgels of Chauvinism, was a scathing indictment of the anti-foreigner agitation that had erupted the previous year. The "chauvinistic movement" against migrants from Bangladesh, Gohain contended, was built on the back of "propaganda in the Assam press - skillfully mixing up news about influx of outsiders with stories of Bengali trickery, deceit and treachery".
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