Here is a compilation from representatives of the world press covering the incident of 30th October, 2008 in Assam. Please note, the JFA do not assume responsibility for the content of external websites, nor can guarantee their constant availability. Please use the Contact Us page to report any broken links and we will remove them. Thank you.
- Bloomberg UN Condemns Bombings in India’s Assam
- The BBC In Pictures: Assam Blasts
- Voice of America News Indian Police Search for Evidence in Assam Blasts
- CNN India blast probe
- Al Jazeera India makes Assam blast arrests
- Le Monde Explosions meurtrières dans le nord-est de l’Inde
- Le Figaro Treize attentats simultanés dans le nord-est de l’Inde
- Les Echos Vaste série d’attentats coordonnés dans l’est de l’Inde
- Romandie News (Suisse) Attentats dans le nord-est de l’Inde: 76 morts, 300 blessés
Typically, Assam hardly features in the world press. One wonders why. The annual flooding of river valleys displaces millions of people and claims thousands of lives, significantly comparable to the devastation in neighbouring Bangladesh. This oil-rich region also produces the world’s maltiest tea that fetches huge prices at auction houses. Over twenty languages and a thousand dialects are spoken here. Natural wonders like Majuli (Mazuli), the world’s largest riverine island, lie here. Several insurgent groups with goals ranging from autonomy to independence to the establishment of radical Islam, actively operate. The list to justify a rich press coverage goes on and on. Yet you’ll find the world media cover Bangladesh floods, OPEC oil prices or the Amazon rain forest, but rarely Assam. Strange. But this time the media did take some note. True, coverage needed to be more than this, but given current trends, there was some coverage at least.