chapter  4
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Peasants, Nationalists and Political Possibilities (1920–48)

Before explaining the further deterioration of rural agrarian relations, let us examine how rural politics and the agrarian question shaped the Assamese legislative and electoral politics. The agrarian question, in fact, dominated the legislative debates; it was in these debates that a wide cross-section of landed interests defended their rights and the government rolled out limited legal concessions. As the rural interests came onto the surface on the floor of legislative bodies, the colonial government kept itself at a safe distance.