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  • The Complacency Factor in Counter-Insurgency Operations

    Complacency and not following procedures led to the ambush that killed eight BSF personnel in Assam.

    March 16, 2011

    Terrorism and Electoral Politics in Assam

    While the study of electoral politics in the North East explains how democracy can absorb former rebels, it fails to answer the critical question of the victims’ right to justice.

    March 11, 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

    The Culture of ‘Bandhs’ and the Absence of Local Governance in the Northeast

    The time has come for citizens of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland to stand up against the negative culture of ‘bandhs’ issued by armed groups who invariably represent only themselves, and hold their state governments accountable for poor governance.

    November 25, 2010

    Bangladeshi Illegal Migration into Assam: Issues and Concerns from the Field

    The issue of Bangladeshi illegal migration has troubled the state of Assam for decades now. Assamese political and social discourses fear that this unchecked migration from across the border will subvert their way of life and change the demographic profile of the state in the near future.

    January 14, 2010

    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

    Lawlessness in the Hills of Assam

    Following the arrest of one of the most wanted insurgent leaders of Assam, the state government must immediately act tough against other insurgent groups operating in the hill districts of the state.

    June 12, 2009

    Serial Blasts in Assam: Are Planners and Perpetrators Different?

    The October 30, 2008 serial blasts in Assam were the most horrific that the state has witnessed till date. These blasts have completely confused the investigating agencies, which still seem to be focusing only upon the foot soldiers while the real masterminds are sitting happily in Bangladesh and congratulating their points men in India for doing a good job.

    December 24, 2008

    The October 30 Terrorist Attacks in Assam

    The year 2008 has seen terrorist attacks in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Agartala, Imphal, and now Assam. The month of October alone witnessed terrorist attacks in Tripura and Manipur, before the October 30 serial bomb blasts in Assam. On October 1, four explosions in Agartala left two civilians dead and nearly 100 injured, while the blasts in Imphal on October 21 killed 18 civilians. The 9 serial blasts in Assam on October 30 killed 83 civilians and injured more than 300.

    November 14, 2008

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