- 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...