An extract from Assamese novelist Dhrubajyoti Bora’s novel Kalantoror Gadya (The Prose of Tempest) (1997) written in the background of the ULFA insurgency and counter insurgency operations by Indian Security Forces in the 1990’s. It deals with the arrival of AFSPA, army operations and state terrorism in the province and the changes it brought to the local landscape.
Author: Dhrubajyoti Bora
Dhrubajyoti Bora by profession is a professor of medical science. Currently, he is the president of Axom Sahitya Sabha - the highest literary body in Assam. Dr. Bora is a significant voice in contemporary Assamese literature. He has published novels including Kalantoror Gadya (Prose of Tempest), Tejor Andhar (Darkness of Blood) and Artha (Meaning), a trilogy on the insurgency and counter-insurgency period of 1990's Assam, which has been widely acknowledged as a major literary contribution in the annals of Assamese literature. His major non-fiction works include a monograph on the Moamoria peasant rebellion of medieval Assam and a study of the development of the Assamese language. His other major monographs are on the Second World War, the French Revolution and a two-volume study of the Russian Revolution. His fictional works have been translated into Hindi, English, Bengali, Malayalam and Bodo languages.