19 January, 2021

Surgery In The Eastern Theatre

Centre talks loudly about the cross-LoC strike, but hushes up anti-insurgency ops at the Myanmar border. A ground report.

The bridge over the Minal in Moreh, on the India-Myanmar border
Photograph by Sandipan Chatterjee
Surgery In The Eastern Theatre

Night Vision

  • ‘Hot pursuit’ of Northeast militants  into Myanmar has been taking place since June 2015
  • These surgical strikes—there was one in late August—are with Myanmar’s cooperation
  • Security personnel say such cross-border attacks have  dealt a crushing blow to militant tactics


“You should head back to Imphal before nightfall,” warns an Indian army officer at a camp in Moreh, the remote town in Manipur which lies right atop the India-Myanmar border. “The gates along the highway will shut by five,” he says. “Besides,” he adds under his breath, “it’s not very safe.”

Evening was descending over the surrounding hills. The personnel, who had been guarding the border posts through the day, had begun to move back cautiously towards the camp in a group, guns slung over their shoulders, eyes watchful. “The possibility of danger, of an attack, lurks every...



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