United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)

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  • Anushka Gupta asked: How far has ‘Unified Command’ structure been successful in tackling insurgency in Assam?

    D Padma Kumar Pillay replies: The Unified Command in Assam was created on 24 January 1997, six years after the government of India launched Operation Rhino against the activities of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). ULFA’s demands included an independent ’sovereign, socialist Assam'.

    Chittagong Tribunal Verdict and its Implications

    The verdict exposes a conspiracy to destabilise India’s restive North Eastern region. According to the charge-sheet, all the arms and ammunition were manufactured by Chinese firm NORINCO and the funds had been procured from Pakistan. Contrary to the BNP policy of promoting cross-border terrorism, the current Awami League (AL) government has demonstrated its zero-tolerance towards militancy through the recent verdict.

    April 03, 2014

    Peace Gestures in Manipur: Will it Work?

    Gestures for peace talks in Manipur by the government indicate a willingness to engage in dialogue with armed groups, which in itself is a step towards reconciliation. Equally important is to ensure that these gestures are seen as a genuine desire to engage with the real issues.

    September 23, 2013

    ULFA Talks: Focusing the Dialogue on Resolvables

    It is important that the ULFA talks do not get enmeshed on issues that create divisions, counter-claims and result in lack of consensus leading to a locked positional dialogue with no resolution in sight.

    July 03, 2012

    Anti-Talk ULFA Faction: Why a Comeback is Unlikely

    Given the hostility of Assamese society to indiscriminate violence and the sullied image of the ULFA leaders due to their amassing of wealth through extortions, the anti-talk ULFA faction would not be able to make a determined come back.

    February 29, 2012

    ULFA’s Unrealistic ‘Charter of Demands’

    ULFA’s “Charter of Demands” with the inherent claim that the outfit speaks for Assam as a whole needs to be questioned and analysed.

    August 11, 2011

    ‘Peace Talks’ in Assam’s Post Election Scenario

    Returning for a third consecutive term the Tarun Gogoi government in Assam should now confront and resolve the sensitive Internal Security Challenges from the perspective of ‘peace talks’ as against the victims’ right to justice

    May 16, 2011

    Talks with the ULFA: Beyond Rhetoric to Substance

    It is vital that the framework of the talks be informed by the element of inclusiveness based on a ‘problem solving’ approach.

    January 10, 2011

    Bangladesh Cooperates on Terror: Can India translate it into Success?

    It is true that any negotiation with the outfit in the absence of Paresh Barua is going to meet only with partial success, but if the government manages to mainstream Arabinda Rajkhowa, the support base of ULFA would further erode.

    December 11, 2009

    Crackdown on Northeast Insurgents: Dhaka Prepares for Hasina’s India Visit

    New Delhi and Dhaka may have reached a tacit understanding that Northeast rebels based in Bangladesh will be simply picked up and handed over to India.

    November 18, 2009