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Swadhinata Phukan: victim of extrajudicial execution

Swadhinata Phukan, alias Kabiranjan Saikia, deputy publicity secretary of ULFA, an armed opposition group was the victim of extrajudicial execution on the night of May 26, 2000.   Swadhinata Phukan was a member of the civil wing of ULFA, and was thus a non-combatant.  His death has highlighted the systematic use of extrajudicial executions as a standard method of counter-insurgency practice by the security forces.

A Bibliography on the History of Assam

  1. Nagendra Nath Acharyya. The History of Medieval Assam. Dutta Baruah, Gauhati, 1966. NYPG, CUBG, DCLC, FLFG, MNUG, NYRG, PAUG.
  2. Alban Ali. Assam. Indian Branch, Oxford University Press, Bombay, 1946. MNUG.
  3. H. Antrobus. A History of the Assam Company, 1839-1953. Private Printing. by T. and A. Constable, Edinburgh, 1957. CUBG, CUDG, MNUG.
  4. Mahendra Bara. 1857 in Assam. Lawyer's Book Stall, Gauhati, 1957. DCLC, CUDP.
  5. Hiteswara Barabaruwa 1876-1939. Ahomara Dina. Asama Prakasana Parishada, Guwahati, 1981. DCLC, NYPG.
  6. Srinath Duara Barbarua.

Kashinath Saikia

Born : 1889. Fourth son of Late Rai Bahadur Betharam Saikia of Naobaisa village in Jorhat. Late. Kashinath Saikia from Calcutta university in 1913. The government of India then awarded scholarship to study industrial chemistry abroad. But the outbreak of World War-I in 1914 ruled out studies abroad. Took up a job in Bengal Paper Mill. having worked there for sometime, joined a Japanese firm and went to Japan and received training in the manufacture of paper. He then joined in Rangoon to a Burmese paper manufacturing concern . As its chief chemist. he was promoted as works manager.

Maniram Dewan

If the three ingredients - the man, the moment and the milieu-constitute the recipe for human greatness, these too occasionally conspire to bring about individual tragedies. Maniram Dutta Barua (1806-1858), popularly known as Maniram Dewan, undoubtedly the greatest Assamese of the first half of the 19th century is a poignant illustration of this truism.

Lakshminath Bezbarua

The people of Assam call him Sahityarathi. And, with good reason. Lakshminath Bezbarua (1868-1938) dominated the Assamese literary scene for about half a century. During his life time he devoted himself to revive the lost glory of the Assamese language and literature. In those days Assamese was not used in the school and courts of the state. Lakshminath Bezbarua fought an incessant battle with many of his contemporaries to establish a proper place for Assamese in the state. His literary and cultural crusade was aimed at the overall development of the Assamese society.

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