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  • Karbi Insurgency in Assam: The Way Forward

    Karbi Insurgency in Assam: The Way Forward

    Over the years, endless corruption, mismanagement of funds, and failure to devolve power to the people has completely jeopardised the unique Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), leading to the rise of Karbi insurgency.

    June 20, 2016

    Examining the Assam-Nagaland Border Crisis

    Examining the Assam-Nagaland Border Crisis

    These repeated incidents of border trouble and deaths bring into sharp focus the lack of serious border law enforcement. It is, therefore, critical that we do four important policy interventions fast.

    August 21, 2014

    Need for Inclusive Governance Structures in the North-East

    Need for Inclusive Governance Structures in the North-East

    The Centre must reiterate its commitment to uphold the Constitutional provisions enshrined in Article 371, expand the scope of the Sixth Schedule, and empower the autonomous council institutions in the North-East.

    December 17, 2014

    Why Bodo Violence Continues to Recur?

    Why Bodo Violence Continues to Recur?

    To prevent the recurring violence in Bodo areas, establish a land record system, improve the presence of both the state civil administration and the law enforcement agencies, and collate credible data on the flow of migrants.

    December 29, 2014

    Challenging Stereotypes: Reinventing the national discourse on the North East

    If the larger goal is to understand the challenges of the North East, it would require a strong national narrative which reconciles its many identities and adds to the peace process. Till development in the North East is achieved the stereotypes will continue to gain traction in policy approaches.

    May 16, 2014

    Bodo violence: Contest for power and territory

    It is imperative that the government immigration agencies generate reliable verified data on the number of people coming in from Bangladesh into Assam. It is also the government’s constitutional obligation to maintain the veracity of electoral rolls listing only citizens with the right to vote.

    May 09, 2014

    Need for action plan to counter KLO

    The recent violent incidents carried out by the Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) in the sensitive eastern and north-eastern parts India have serious security implications. Conscious intervention of the centre in concert with the state governments of West Bengal and Assam and even Sikkim, as well as with cooperation of the Bhutan government is required at the earliest.

    February 28, 2014

    PM’s address to police chiefs: A Wake up Call

    The Prime Minister’s address highlighted critical threats to internal security and expected counter-measures with the aim of refocusing the attention of the police forces on these vital issues.

    September 12, 2012

    Mahendra Pande asked: What are the prominent reasons for violence in Assam? What are its long-term solutions?

    Reply: Please refer to Namrata Goswami’s latest commentary - Violence in the Bodo Areas: Deciphering the Causes - dated 9 August 2012, on IDSA website.

    Violence in the Bodo Areas: Deciphering the Causes

    The need of the hour is to activate a clean and transparent record keeping of land by the state so that violence based on the fear of outsiders forcibly taking away the most precious commodity, land, can be effectively averted.

    August 09, 2012

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