Thursday, May 7, 2009

Hill Districts

The Hill districts of Assam, where I was travelling before the polls was deceptively quiet during the day of polling. At night this area presents a perfect picture of darkness and despair. Miles and miles of sugarcane fields, dark villages with houses open to the highways, bad roads, bad bridges and the constant fear of being ambushed by militants -- Karbi Anglong and North Cachar injects depression into every soul. It is difficult to realise the idea of election in these parts of India. Some political flags, some wall posters. Before elections, every night the Dimasa militants were targeting trains, killing people. The Karbi militants were abducting people, killing them. Strangely, on the day of the vote, the turnout was a near 60 per cent in these areas, the violence magically vanished. "They've been bought off," said our stringer. Maybe, he was right. After the polls, the violence and attacks on trains have begun yet again. These are some photographs taken in both Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hill Districts of Assam


Ratika said...

beautiful, especially, the last one. haven't seen that smile for long. Absolutely wonderful.

randomrandom said...

thanks so much