Nellie 1983




Thousands of Muslims were killed in Nellie area of Assam in broad daylight on February 18th, 1983. Their only crime was that they exercised their democratic right to vote. In this series of articles Diganta Sharma and Anju Azad recall the horror of Nellie, events leading up to the massacre, aftermath and current situation.

This series is made possible by the support of:

Afzal Usmani
Ashraf Naim
Kaleem Kawaja
Rafat Hussain
Razi Raziuddin
Tariq Farooqi

Part 1: Names of the people killed

Part 2: Recounting the horror: Narrations of the fateful day

Part 3: Genesis of Anti-foreigners movement in Assam

Part 4: Who is responsible for Nellie massacre?

Part 5: Crime but no punishment

Part 6: Current situation in Nellie

Bibliography on Nellie and Assam agitation:

Books

1. P. S Dutta – Autonomy Movements in Assam (Documents), Omsons Publication, 1993
2. Meeta Deka – Student Movement in Assam , Vikas Publication, 1996
3. Giren Gohain, Assam : A Burning Problem, Spectrum Publication, 1985
4. Amalendu Guha – Planter –Raj to swaraj: freedom struggle and electoral reform in Assam 1826-1947, Indian Council of Historical Research Publication, 1977
5. Sanjib Baruah , Indian against itself, University of Pnnysylvania Press
6. Amiya Kumar Das, Assam Agony, Lancers Publication, 1982
7. Sanjoy Hazarika , Strangers of the Mist, Penguin Publication, 1994
8. Sanjoy Hazarika, Rites of Passage, Penguin Publication, 2001
9. Sujata Miri, Communalism in Assam, 1993
10. Udayan Mishra, The Periphery Strikes Back, IIAS, Shimla, 2000
11. Alaka Sharma, Immigration and Assam Politics, Anjanta Publication, 1999
12. Hemendra Narayan, 25 years on...Nellie still haunts, 2008
13. Sanjib Baruah, Beyond Counter Insurgency, Oxford Publication, 2009

Articles and news items

• GOVT STALLS SEMINAR ON NELLIE MASSACRE, The Assam Tribune, Guwahati, Thursday, November 11, 2004
• Kimura, Makiko. "Memories of the Massacre: Violence and Collective Identity in the Narratives on the Nellie Incident." Asian Ethnicity 4, no. 2 (2003): 225-239.
• Ahmed, Abu Sayed and Yasin Adilul, Problems of Identity, Assimilation and Nation Building : A cse study of Muslims in Assam’
• Goswami, Homeswar and Saikia, Migration to Assam, 1951-1991, Omio Kumar Das Institute
• Kimura, Makiko, Role of Media in settling the Immigration Problem ( in Demension of displaced People in North East India), Regency Publication , 2002
• Kimura, Makiko, Collective Memory of Violence : Ethnicity and Opinion in the Narratives on the Nellie formation in the Brahmaputra Valley and Barak valley, Proceeding of North East India History Association, Shilong
• Udayan Mishra, Immigration and Identity transformation in Assam, Economic and Political Weekly, 1999
• Myron Weiner , The Political Demography of Assam’s Anti-Immigrant Movement’, Population and Developmental Review 9, No 2, 1983
• Jane Wilson, Turmoil in Assam, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 1992

Internet sources

http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/2004/01-15Dec04-Print-Edition/01151...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_massacre
http://communalism.blogspot.com/2006/09/nellie-revisited-23-years-on.html
http://hubpages.com/hub/Assam-Nellie-Massacre-Eyewitness-Journalist
http://www.hindu.com/mag/2008/12/14/stories/2008121450100300.htm
http://www.sacw.net/article423.html
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Nellie_massacre
http://www.aekia.org/25_years_of_nellie_massacre.htm
http://www.aekia.org/book_review.htm
http://in.groups.yahoo.com/group/Jharkhand/message/5357
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080219/jsp/guwahati/story_8920369.jsp
http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/StoryPage.aspx?sectionName=&id=8...
http://www.indianexpress.com/oldstory.php?storyid=60188
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Assam_Students_Union
http://www.sinlung.com/articles/blogalicious/the-tragedy-called-assam.html
http://abid.bihu.in/entry.php?u=abid&e_id=1432
http://www.thesouthasian.org/archives/2008/a_one_man_mission.html
http://www.tehelka.com/story_main13.asp?filename=Ne070205The_simple.asp
http://www.assamonnet.org/index.php?article=postcolonial
http://www.indianexpress.com/oldstory.php?storyid=58700

Comments

How can I forget that accident...

Being in Urdu medium school, I started leaning English starting standard 5th and by 1983 I could read and understand the Nellie carnage. There was no rable rousing by the BJP those days. I read the report in the Sunday, which was edited by MJ Akbar those days. Nothing happened except reporting by media is what I know about it.

Very Good

I want to remember some more good news..
whats about Godhra..Gujrat.. Where Muslims have been killed..wow...
good news..

AT THE TIME OF NELLIE

AT THE TIME OF NELLIE MASSACARE I WAS STUDYING IN 3RD STANDARD.NELLIE IS ABOUT 50 KM FROM MY HOME TOWN NAGAON .AUTOSPY OF ALL DEAD BODIES WERE DONE IN NAGAON CIVIL HOSPITAL.HUNDREDS OF HELPLESS CHILDREN WERE KILLED .THEN PM INDIRA GANDHI ALSO VISITED NELLIE ,MRS GANDHI COULD NOT STOP HER TEARS LOOKING AT SUCH LARGESCALE MASSACARE T OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN.MRS GANDHI TOOK SOME STRONG MEASURES AT THAT TIME ,BUT AFTER THAT NOTHING HAD BEEN DONE .SOME PARTIES ARE SHOUTING FOR COMPENSATION BUT NO GOVT. GOVT. SHOULD DO SOMETHING FOR THE VICTIMS.

AT THE TIME OF NELLIE

AT THE TIME OF NELLIE MASSACARE I WAS STUDYING IN 3RD STANDARD.NELLIE IS ABOUT 50 KM FROM MY HOME TOWN NAGAON .AUTOSPY OF ALL DEAD BODIES WERE DONE IN NAGAON CIVIL HOSPITAL.HUNDREDS OF HELPLESS CHILDREN WERE KILLED .THEN PM INDIRA GANDHI ALSO VISITED NELLIE ,MRS GANDHI COULD NOT STOP HER TEARS LOOKING AT SUCH LARGESCALE MASSACARE T OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN.MRS GANDHI TOOK SOME STRONG MEASURES AT THAT TIME ,BUT AFTER THAT NOTHING HAD BEEN DONE .SOME PARTIES ARE SHOUTING FOR COMPENSATION BUT NO GOVT. GOVT. SHOULD DO SOMETHING FOR THE VICTIMS.