Ethnicity and Student Politics: A Study of Student Organizations As Political Pressure Groups in Assam
In light of these developments, this paper seeks to identify and analyze the politics pursued by student organizations based on ethnic membership. How does one understand the two strands of competing ideology, one with a majoritarian thrust and two, with a particularistic thrust coming together to form a coalition and how does this shape the discourse of ethnicity in Assam? From a phase when organizations questioned the legitimacy of the state through a language of rights to the present context of pursuing agendas and coalitions based on particular interests, how do we read and analyze the transformation of ethnic claims (non-negotiable) to interest-group claims that are negotiable. For this purpose, I would be analyzing the politics of the All Bodo Students’ Union and the All Dimasa Students’ Union in order to analyze and understand the patterns of continuity and break in organizational politics by studying the role of political leadership and cadre base in response to the larger sociopolitical context since the fall of Asom Gana Parishad to the rise of BJP in the 2000s.
 Baruah (1994) uses the term subnationalism to refer to the political and economic contestations pursued by political organizations as separate from the interests of the state.