UPDS Accord: Then and Tomorrow

-Nong-E Terang

The United Democratic Solidarity (UPDS), Karbi insurgent organization had signed so called peace ‘accord’ with Assam and Central Government on 25th of November, 2011 after much drama and speculation. After the Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) is signed it is agreed that election to the present council will be held under state election commission, an amount of Rs. 350 crore (Rs. 70 crore per year) will be given as special economic aid.

But one is tempted to ask – is this all? Is the amount of Rs. 350 crore equal to the amount or rather less than that extorted by the UPDS all those years as an outlaw organisation? KADCC president Mr. Sum Ronghang is very much right in saying that after much violence and bloodshed the UPDS’s only demand was to change the name of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) to Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC).

But to begin with, insurgent organizations in Karbi Anglong are the creation of the Congress Party. Their mind was set on creating trouble in peaceful Karbi Anglong district because it was unsuccessful in winning electoral battle against the then Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC). After insurgency started in Karbi Anglong mis-propaganda is carried out as to the purpose of the insurgency and it was campaigned that: For the cause of Autonomous State and supported by ASDC. In the hills of Karbi Anglong, ASDC supporters joined the insurgent organisations in droves. Many of them were dismayed after they came to know that the trouble makers were Congress supports, but it was too late, they were already wanted by the police and security forces.

Now, anti Congress tune humming UPDS is nothing but part of a game plan initiated by the Congress more than 15 years ago to defeat the ASDC. Now the ASDC will bother the Congress no more. What with the ASDC leadership funded and hijacked by the Congress there is nothing left of it. The once solid CPI(ML) in Karbi Anglong is openly split between Robi Kumar Phangcho and Chandra Kanta Terang camps.

Political machanisation is an art of politics but incorporating violence, nepotism, corruption, exploitation and destruction of demography is an art mastered by the Congress. This is going to raise further repercussions in the near future in a continuous manner. This is what the Congress leadership wanted, they will keep exploiting the situation to be in the seat of power.

Presently; what is worrying and facing a bleak future is the cadres of UPDS. A show of laying down arms will be performed on December 14, 2011 at Karbi Anglong Sports Association (KASA), Diphu. Most of the small arms will be kept by the UPDS cadres. Latter this will be used to extort, intimidate and for other unlawful activities. Also, former UPDS cadres with illegal arms will come in handy to Congress leaders as their henchmen.

Most of the UPDS leadership will also join the Congress formally in the near future, as river water joins the sea and ocean one day from where they rise up as steam. The present ASDC leadership will vehemently deny the views expressed above as they are paid Congress workers. As soon as election comes they will barter away their votes for a bonus of cash with the Congress. In such a scenario it is very ironic that a powerful Congress minister like Hemanta Biswa Sarma had very recenty advised ASDC and PAPA leader Elwin Teron to stick to one party to get people’s love, but while saying this he very well knew that Mr. Teron is under Congress payroll!

Note: The view expressed by the author is completely his and it is not necessary that KIN share the same viewpoint. KIN shall not be held responsible for the thoughts and view as expressed by the author.

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