Nagaland: Revolt Within A Rebellion

Fresh feuding has broken out among Naga rebels twenty-three years after a bloody internecine struggle left scores dead and an insurgency divided. Another split is now threatening to impact on the protracted Naga peace process. On June 7, 2011, a meeting of the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) ‘expelled’ its ‘chairman’, S.S. Khaplang, on charges...

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’...

Meghen Treatment Exposes Delhi’s Double Standards

UNLIKE the United Liberation Front of Asom leaders who are currently on bail and preparing for talks with the Centre, Manipur’s United National Liberation Front chairman Rajkumar Meghen, better known as Sanayaima, faces an uncertain future. Now in the National Investigation Agency’s custody since his arrest in Motihari (Bihar) in early December last year, Meghen is reportedly confined to Guwahati...

ULFA Duo, Meghen Still In Interpol List

GUWAHATI, May 7: Years have passed since they were arrested, but the Interpol Red Corner notices slapped on ULFA’s general secretary, Anup Chetia, and foreign secretary Sashadhar Choudhury, and UNLF chairman Rajkumar Meghen are yet to be with-drawn. The notices were issued against the trio when they had escaped to foreign countries. After his arrest in November 2009, Choudhury was lodged in the Guwahati...

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...

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,...

INTERVIEW: ULFA Is Committed To Peace: Arabinda Rajkhowa

ULFA head says all energies are focused on making peace happen in Assam this time Arabinda Rajkhowa. Image Credit: Tehelka In the din of the assembly election, a significant event has got lost. The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), a banned outfit, held its 32nd Raising Day in the open in Assam. On the sidelines of the event, ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, who is in talks with New Delhi, spoke...

Militarism And The Future Of Democracy In Manipur, Impressions From The Field

While most of the States in Northeast India are slowly but steadily edging towards the resolution of the multiple armed conflicts that have plagued them for decades, Manipur continues to remain unstable. In Assam, the dialogue process is underway with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). In Nagaland, peace talks between the Union Government and the National Socialist Council of Nagalim–Isak-Muivah...

Terror-Free Assam Eyes A New Script

For the first time in decades, development rather than extremist violence or rhetoric takes centre stage NALBARI/NAGAON/BARPETA (Assam): Nankarbhaira village in Assam’s Nalbari district saw a lavish wedding last year after many decades. Free from the fear of insurgency, this village is now leading a normal life, including looking forward to voting on Monday, the second and final phase of polling...

Barua-Rajkhowa Gulf Not That Unbridgeable

ULFA’S elusive self-styled ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Barua now seizes every opportunity that comes his way to stay in the public eye and also make his outfit’s presence felt. On 28 March, the day Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to arrive in Guwahati for an election campaign, Barua loyalists called a 12-hour statewide bandh — and when the scheduled was postponed to 2 April, they followed...

Stage Set For First Phase Assam Assembly Polls, Baruah’s Threat Hangs Heavy In The Air

GUWAHATI, Apr 3: The stage is all set for the first phase of Assam assembly polls in 62 of the 126 constituencies to be held amid tight security in 13 districts tomorrow. Polling personnel assigned to far-flung areas have already left for their stations since Friday and those near to the district or sub-divisional headquarters were scheduled to leave by this evening, official sources said. A variety...

Vultures Eye Of China On North-East Bharat – II

Our country’s greatest security threat is methodically expanding its spheres of influence into the traditionally unstable regions of troubled Northeast, latest analysis reports of the South Asian Intelligence Review published said: As per the report, CPI (Maoist) under a strategy to rope in sub-national armed grouping in the country’s periphery is widening its campaign for a pan-Bharatiya consolidation...