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  • Insurgency in North-East India: External Dynamics

    State and non-state elements in India’s neighbourhood have been supporting insurgency in the North-East to weaken the Indian state. In the 1960s and 1970s, insurgents from the region, particularly the Naga rebels, had received moral and material support from China. Moreover, elements in Pakistan and Bangladesh too have been aiding North-East Indian insurgents from time to time.

    October 2014

    Lulun Kips asked: Why AFSPA has been imposed in J&K and the Northeast and not in the Maoist-affected areas in central India?

    Vivek Chadha replies: The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act or the AFSPA is imposed in areas where armed forces are required to operate in aid to civil authorities. However, for AFSPA to become valid, an area needs to be declared disturbed either by the central or the state government. This is because under the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), the army does not have the mandate to carry out operations and the powers to arrest, search premises, etc., are only with the police.

    Challenging Stereotypes: Reinventing the national discourse on the North East

    If the larger goal is to understand the challenges of the North East, it would require a strong national narrative which reconciles its many identities and adds to the peace process. Till development in the North East is achieved the stereotypes will continue to gain traction in policy approaches.

    May 16, 2014

    Bodo violence: Contest for power and territory

    It is imperative that the government immigration agencies generate reliable verified data on the number of people coming in from Bangladesh into Assam. It is also the government’s constitutional obligation to maintain the veracity of electoral rolls listing only citizens with the right to vote.

    May 09, 2014

    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

    China at your doorstep: Looking east from India’s northeast

    Myanmar and India have followed separate political paths only to find it converging in recent times. Myanmar’s other neighbour China has had a much larger footprint in the country. India has to calibrate its engagement with Myanmar to not just effectively implement its Look East policy but also manage the contiguous border regions of Northeast India given the ground realities.

    March 18, 2014

    Anup Srivastav asked: How can BCIM corridor project boost strategic ties between India and Myanmar when it is believed to be aiding insurgency in India’s northeast?

    Udai Bhanu Singh replies: The cooperative principle behind the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC) is based on the “principles of mutual trust and respect, mutual interest, equitable sharing of mutual benefits…..and securing win-win outcomes.” The BCIM-EC Joint Study Group, which held its first meeting in December 2013 in Kunming, China, is aimed at improving physical connectivity, trade in goods, services and investment (including finance), environmentally sustainable development and people-to-people contacts. However, this a double-edged sword because when connectivity is exploited to encourage drug trafficking, small arms trafficking and promoting insurgency, then the principle of “mutual trust” is compromised. Such a breach of trust can not and should not be ignored or underestimated. In order to ensure that connectivity is not misused, stringent rules and implementation mechanisms have to be put in place. This can be made possible through built-in safeguards and improved facilities and infrastructure at the border check-posts.

    Posted on March 13, 2014

    Need for action plan to counter KLO

    The recent violent incidents carried out by the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) in the sensitive eastern and north-eastern parts India have serious security implications. Conscious intervention of the centre in concert with the state governments of West Bengal and Assam and even Sikkim, as well as with cooperation of the Bhutan government is required at the earliest.

    February 28, 2014

    Anudeep asked: Under the sixth schedule of the Indian Constitution, how administration differs from a district to a regional council? Please explain in the context of the recent clash between Rengma Nagas and Karbis?

    Namrata Goswami replies: The Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution that functions under Article 244 (2) offers representative councils to the states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura. The major difference between a district and a regional council is that while the district council covers a particular district, for instance, the Karbi Anglong District which witnessed the clash between the Karbis and the Rengmas in December 2013, the regional councils can be constituted by the governor of the state to cover regions which may compose of one particular ethnic community. An example is the demand by the Kuki National Army for a Kuki Regional Council. The idea of a regional council is that it transcends state borders to form councils based on the inhabited areas of a particular ethnic community.

    With regard to the clashes between the Rengmas and the Karbis, it started after nine Karbi youths were found murdered near Chumukedima in Nagaland. The dead included one Karbi student leader. In retaliation, some Karbi militant cadres attacked a Rengma village in Karbi Anglong. It must be noted that the Rengma Nagas have lived in Karbi Anglong for many decades now without violence between the two communities; but attacks on Karbi youths in Nagaland can bring about retaliation on a totally unrelated Naga tribe just because it owes allegiance to the larger Naga ethnic identity.

    Posted on February 12, 2014

    Drugs and the Golden Triangle: Renewed Concerns for Northeast India

    India’s security strategy for the economic corridors and connectivity will have to entail water tight anti-drugs control measures and mechanisms to snuff out the possibilities of surges in narcotics trafficking that may result from better connectivity and established networks of peoples across the region.

    February 10, 2014

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