21 January, 2021

The Seven Sorrows

Rebel outfits in the Northeast have a long history with 'foreign connections'. The Assam blasts just brought it back in focus.

The Seven Sorrows
Why The Northeast States Are Burning
  • The Centre's neglect helped insurgent groups, separatist organisations take root. Army excesses didn't help.
  • Migration issue has been politicised in Assam. Outfits like ULFA have now begun to strike at migrant labour.
  • The Northeast shares a 4,500 km-long border with China, Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Insurgents find safe havens/support from anti-India forces.
  • Rebel groups with links in Bangladesh are said to have ties with the ISI.


A week into the car bomb attacks that killed 80 and injured over 300 in Assam, the security apparatus has drawn a broad conclusion: the strikes were carried out by the outlawed "United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in collaboration with the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HuJI)". If what the sleuths say is true, it means forces outside the country are actively engaged in a plan to bleed the region. Union MoS for home Sriprakash Jaiswal was...


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