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How Uncertainty Breeds Extremism

"When in doubt, people shift toward extreme points of view."

Few days ago I have come across a very thoughtful article in the Scietific American site which proponents that the people who are uncertain about their origin and clueless about an absolutely unpredictable future as well as deeply suffering from the psychologically entrenched "Identity Crisis" often tends to take resort to more fundamentalist and aggressive forms of protests which ultimately becomes the Cradle of Religious Terrorism. When I compared the characteristics as told by the article with that of Assam's political crisis of Fundamentalism and separatist movements like ULFA, the data exactly tells us the exact reasons behind the "Insurgency Problems in Northeastern Indian States, I can come to a conclusion that what the article has promoted are not only true, but also serves as a possible explanation for the spread of insurgency in Northeast India. The article aptly can analyze the birth of numerous insurgent outfits in Northeast India as a result of geographical, psychological and cultural isolation of Northeastern Indians from the rest of the country.

The article states the effects of Uncertainties in human behaviour. They says that feeling uncertain about who you are and what you want to do with your life is critically alters your judgment process? Such doubt may lead you to sympathize with a radical or extremist group, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Groups that rally around radical beliefs may provide a searching person with the sense of self and social identity they are lacking.

Michael Hogg, a psychologist at Claremont Graduate University, and his colleagues increased feelings of doubt in a group of college students by asking them to write down several things about which they felt uncertain. The researchers then asked them whether they supported some very strong (some might say radical) responses to tuition increases, such as blockading the campus, rallies and vig­orous protests. The experimenters found that these uncertain students stopped preferring the usual moderate courses, such as holding meetings, printing leaflets and sending letters to news­papers, and they shifted toward favoring the more radical actions.

The results hint that organizations espousing extreme views may be especially attractive to people with questions about their purpose. “Some groups provide a more clearly defined sense of self,” Hogg explains. “These are the groups that seem from the outside to be a bit cliquish, a bit closed. At the extreme, you get groups that look like religious terrorist groups.” Helping people navigate through times of social change, therefore, by providing them with a strong sense of self and belonging, may help lower the risk that they will end up in extremist organizations.

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The story of Assam agitation and the birth of ULFA.

Assam agitation was a peaceful democratic protests which later became violent during which one of the most shameful genocide "The massacre of Immigrant Muslims in the village Nellie.

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