GUWAHATI, Aug 22 - DN Chakravartty, who was sharply criticised by ULFA�s self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Barua and was described as a dalal (agent) of the Indian state, refuted his charge in an half-an-hour telephonic encounter with the ULFA supremo on Friday.
Barua, who addressed Chakravartty as dodaideo (uncle), mildly complained that Chakravartty had all these years made unkindly remarks about his organisation in general and about him as ULFA�s c-in-c in particular, but never bothered to register his voice against the misdeeds of the Indian Army and did not care to raise a finger against the police and the Army who had all these years been indulging in despicable activities of killing innocent people and raping Assamese women.
Chakravartty, in his reply, tried to convince Barua about the futility of waging a war against the 1.5-million-strong Indian Army, and also the Assam police, and said that Assam had for the last 5,000 years constituted an integral part of India socially and culturally, though Assam was seldom administered by any king of outside the State.
He said that right from the days of King Bhagadatta down to the times of King Bhaskar Barma and King Rudra Singha, Assam has maintained close cultural, religious and social links with the rest of the country, and there were instances galore when Assamese princesses were married to the princes of Delhi or Kashmir or even Gujarat.
�Every Assamese heart is filled with pride over the fact that it was only Srimanta Sankardev who was the lone exception among the galaxy of Indian saints and philosophers of the olden days to sing the glory of India, not only once but over 50 times in his entire literary works. No religious prophet of contemporary times ever sang the glory of one India in the manner Sankardev had done,� he said.
Chakravartty wanted to bring home to Barua the point how they had wasted the blood and energy of the Assamese youth by embarking upon a futile endeavour, disregarding the hard reality that it would be impossible to maintain the existence of Assam as an independent country. He added that the same logic on the basis of which Barua was demanding Assam�s separation would boomerang on him when the people of Goalpara, Kamrup, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Golaghat, Sivasagar and Dibrugarh will also demand independent states for Koch-Rajbongshis, Bodos, Rabhas, Chutiyas, Tiwas, Karbis, Ahoms and other communities, leaving Barua and his tribe to take shelter within 300 sq km of old Sarbananda Singha�s Tinsukia.
Chakravartty reminded Barua that at a time when Indian democracy had exhibited its majesty and glory by installing a street boy of Gujarat as Prime Minister and installing another person hailing from a poor Muslim fisherman�s family as President, there was no reason why a Handique, Rajkhowa, Gogoi, Deka or a Sonowal could not aspire to assume national leadership from the Rashtrapati Bhawan or from the Prime Minister�s residence.
Chakravartty exhorted Barua to join in the new march of the Assamese people to catch the leadership of the country, imbibing the spirit of noble sons of Assam like Anundoram Baruah and following in the footsteps of great seers and patriots of Assam.
He expressed sorrow at the loss of life caused to the ULFA�s brigade and also profound sympathy to Barua and his fellow men who had been undergoing untold sufferings only in the pursuit of a mirage of Assam�s freedom which would ever remain a delusion.