Author: Avinibesh Sharma

I manage a web portal named, which is a retelling of the modern history of Assam through non-traditional historical sources like – photographs, letters, audio recordings and artefacts. While this has been my passion, my actual job is as that of a long distance Researcher for National University of Singapore and I am working on the geo-politics of the Brahmaputra.

June 20, 2018 /

On August 15, 1947, when India gained independence, Bishnu Prasad Rabha led a black flag demonstration in a village named Dighelia, shouting “Ye Azaadi Jhootha Hain, Sirf Chamra Ka Badal” (This freedom is a hoax : only a change of skin), and he was promptly arrested and put behind bars. After he was released, Rabha went underground for years – presenting a serious challenge to the establishment. He took up arms and engaged in guerrilla warfare against the government.