The persistent dependence on the central forces has remained a bane for the state police forces in the Northeast. There may or may not have been a deal over the… Continue reading "A change long overdue"
There is a need to distinguish between the outfits worth negotiating with and groups whose requests can be ignored. In August 2014, the Khasi insurgent outfit, the Hynniewtrep National Liberation… Continue reading "Road without a signpost"
Since the bubble of insularity has already been burst, accepting the wide impact of radicalisation on our youths, can be an important starting point. Not long ago the contention that… Continue reading "Insularity was unreal"
The impossibility and social costs of attempting to hound out millions of unidentifiable Bangladeshis from India should be factored into the policies of the new government in New Delhi. “I… Continue reading "De-aliening India"
Most of the violence in Indian conflict theatres, including the northeast, is being perpetrated by militant outfits with very small cadre strength. As 2013 drew close, Assam’s hilly Karbi Anglong… Continue reading "Year of the small"
The inexplicable knowledge gap about the Indian Mujahideen continues to facilitate the group’s interminable violent campaign and contributes to its near unassailability. Terrorist attacks serve a variety of purposes –… Continue reading "The enemy as an enigma"
The modernisation of paramilitary forces in India has suffered due to the disconnect between the ground operatives and the policy-makers. It is apt to start with an allegory. A school… Continue reading "The perpetual disconnect"
The governments’ lack of enthusiasm and willingness to meet the Maoist challenge is pervasive and perplexing. Neither the 25th May attack in Chhattisgarh’s Darbha nor the 2nd July killing of the Superintendent of Police… Continue reading "Convenience is not strategy"
Insurgencies in India’s Northeast are demonstrating signs and intent of staging a comeback. The premature claims by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in its Annual Report for the year… Continue reading "It is not over yet"