Lost Opportunities: 50 Years of Insurgency in the North-east and India's Response

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Lancer Publishers, 2007 - History - 357 pages
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Northeast India has been beset with insurgencies for more than fifty years. The Nagas rebelled in the early 1950s, and since then, insurgency in some form or the other has spread to all the states of the northeast, popularly known as the Seven Sisters. This book takes a critical look at the many insurgencies in this strategic region and reviews their genesis, motivations, and characteristics. Why have these persisted despite interventions by the state and civil society? Over the years, the insurgencies have developed external linkages, which have only complicated matters. The book also critically examines the government's response and traces the development of counter-insurgency strategies, from finding a military solution to winning the hearts and minds of the populace. It is a fascinating but sad story of missed opportunities.

  

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Contents

Foreword
xv
Preface
xxv
Overview
xxxiii
PART
1
The Ethnic and Demographic Composition
24
PART 2
44
Mizoram
80
Manipur
103
The Religious Dimension
221
The Role of Narcotics and Arms Trafficking
234
The Ethnic and Linguistic Factors
245
CounterInsurgency Operations
252
Future Prospects
306
The Way Forward
312
Appendix A
324
Appendix C
332

Tripura
127
The Quest for Swadhin Asom
147
Meghalaya
195
The External Dimension
204

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About the author (2007)

S. P. Sinha was commissioned in 9 Gorkha Rifles in June 1960. He retired in August 1994 after nearly thirty-five years of distinguished service in the army. He has authored the second volume of the history of 8h Mountain Division, titled Forever in Operations and the fourth volume of the history of 3 Gorkha Rifles, titled Flash of the Khukri. He lives in Noida with his wife and daughter.

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