Honorable And Acceptable Final Settlement Of Indo-Naga Peace Talk

Once Alexander, the great said “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion”. We are happy to hear that a 10-member team of the NSCN-IM including Isak Chishi Swu, Chairman and Thuingaleng Muivah, General Secretary is meeting the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi to find an honorable and acceptable final settlement of Indo-Naga Peace...

Influx: An Expedition For Silent, Bloodless Conquest?

Migration broadly refers to change of residence across an administrative boundary, and this change can be inter-continental, inter-national, inter-regional, inter-state, rural to urban et al. Migration can be classified as voluntary movement–when people willingly leave their homes in order to improve their livelihood; and forced or involuntary movement–when people are forced to flee their homes...

Peace In Sight, ULFA Victims Speak Up

As the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) prepares for peace talks with the Centre, the victims of its terror demand a say in the process. FOR 18 YEARS, Bhobendra Chandra Kalita, 48, has been lying crippled in his house at Chamatiapara of Assam’s Darrang district. Almost every night, he has nightmares of the fateful day when his world came crashing down. On 15 August 1992, when the rest of the...

ULFA Asks For Dhemaji Forgiveness

DHEMAJI, May 25: ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa today publicly sought forgiveness for the killing of ten children and three women in a bomb blast in Assam‘s Dhemaji district on August 15, 2004. Rajkhowa, who is on parole, at a public meeting in Dhemaji town, where ‘foreign secretary’ Sasa Choudhury, ‘political advisor’ Bhimkanta Buragohain and ‘cultural secretary’...

Tarun Gogoi Sworn In As Assam CM For Third Term

GUWAHATI, May 18: Congress leader Tarun Gogoi was today sworn in as the Chief Minister of Assam for the third successive term by Governor JB Patnaik at the Raj Bhawan here. The Governor administered the oath of office and secrecy to 75-year-old Gogoi in Assamese at the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhawan. Union DoNER Minister Bijoy Krishna Handique, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Assam Pradesh...

EDITORIAL: Assam: For Cong Or…?

Mr. Gaikhangam’s elation at the stupendous show put up by the Congress in the recently held Assembly election in Assam did not come as a surprise to us and we are sure it did not surprise those who have more than a passing interest in electoral politics of the country especially in the North East region. Tarun Gogoi has scripted one of the most spectacular electoral successes for the Congress...

Assam Govt For Extension Of Ban Against NDFB

SHILLONG, Apr 23: The Assam Government to-day sought extension of ban on the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) for two more years, saying the outfit has not shunned violence in the State. Evidences of NDFB sponsored violence in Kamrup and Sonitpur districts were produced by Assam Government representatives to the Unlawful Activities Prevention Tribunal, headed by Justice PK Bhasin, during...

EDITORIAL: A Dose Of One’s Own Medicine

The issue should be clear and that is the case involving an officer of the Assam Rifles and a sitting Judge of the Gauhati High Court, should not be interpreted as a clash between the para-military force and the Judiciary by any stretch of the imagination. Any attempt to do this would amount to forfeiting the opportunity to address the core issue at hand, which is respecting traffic rules and regulations....

EDITORIAL: When Silenced Guns Talk!

It is a given that the full military might of India will never be able to wipe out a group of rebels, fighting for a cause (Read sovereignty) they believe in and it is also equally true that far from realizing their ultimate objective, no armed group, especially those operating in the North East region has been able to ‘liberate’ a single village. Some may differ with this view point, in the context...

AZSU Submits Memo To Prime Minister

IMPHAL, Apr 21: All Zeliangrong Students’ Union–Assam, Manipur and Nagaland (AZSU–AMN) has refused to step down from its aggressive position of seeking the removal of 11 Assam Rifles from Zeliangrong areas. A memorandum to this effect has also been sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his intervention in the matter. 11 Assam Rifles under Colonel Chonkar has been accused of ‘terrorizing’...

No One Is Smiling In Manipur!!!

Welcome to SMILE-LESS State—MANIPUR. No one is smiling here. If you smile in this part of India, you could be suspected as abnormal being. ‘But’, you may say: ‘I use to see Chief Minister Ibobi Singh smiling from time to time’. Don’t take me wrong. I tell you, those were not natural smiles. Those were fake smiles—smiles of deception. He only smiles when inaugurating new developmental...

When Regret Is Meaningless

WHEN rebels who have wreaked havoc, killed in cold blood and held the state to ransom begin to indulge in soul-searching, it can only mean two things. They either do not have the stomach to battle it out in the wild because they have crossed the threshold of youth; or the ransom they have extracted from the state is too attractive to resist. My view is that it is the latter. Recently, Hagrama Mohilary,...

EDITORIAL: We Don’t Need No 24/7 Channels

We have seen it and heard it and we have also experienced it when we first crossed the chicken neck and set foot on what is generally known as mainland India. It is therefore not surprising that while the rest of the country is generally understood as mainland India, the North Eastern States, barring Assam to a certain extent, have always been viewed and understood as fringe States, not only by the...