Assam witnessed its bloodiest, deadliest genocide on 18 February 1983.
Assam witnessed its bloodiest, deadliest genocide on 18 February 1983.(Photo: The Quint)
  • 1. Anti-Foreigner Agitation — How it Began
  • 2. The First Trigger – Death of an MP
  • 3. Weakened Governments
  • 4. Days Leading Up to The Election
  • 5. Security Before the Election
  • 6. 18 February 1983 – The Day of the Massacre
  • 7. Aftermath – The Tewary Commission
  • 8. Lapses in the Tewary Commission Report
  • 9. The Assam Accord, 1985
Nellie Massacre – How Xenophobia, Politics Caused Assam’s Genocide

This detailed account of the Nellie Massacre of 1983 has been published in the backdrop of the release of Bidyut Kotoky’s award-winning Assamese film, ‘Xhoixobote Dhemalite’ ( or ‘Rainbow Fields’).

Assam witnessed its bloodiest, deadliest genocide on 18 February 1983.

At least 1,800 people (unofficial figures run higher) from 14 villages – including Nellie – of Nowgong district in central Assam were left dead in the six-hour-long massacre that began at 8 in the morning. It came to be known as the Nellie Massacre.

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