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Internal Security


Insurgency and terrorism are not new to India. Threats are manifold and come from divergent militant outfits. Their demands include greater regional autonomy, independence, the overthrow of the “bourgeoisie”, and dismantling the democratic structure of the Indian polity. The cluster’s research efforts are focused on insurgencies in the Northeast, Maoist (Naxalism) violence, management of India’s borders, coastal security and trends in global terrorism.

Current projects being pursued by the cluster include:

  • “Naxalism: Surrender and Rehabilitation Policies of the Government
  • Review of India-Pakistan Confidence Building Measures
  • Challenges of Border Management
  • Study on Illegal Migration in the Northeast
  • Understanding the Student Islamic Movement of India

The cluster is also involved in various training programmes organized at the Institute for senior Military Officers, Foreign Service probationers, and officers of the Indian Police Service.


Rajbala Rana
Research Fellow Research Fellow Research Fellow Research Fellow Research Assistant

Identity, contestation and development in Northeast India by Komol Singha and M. Amarjeet Singh

September 2016

Inhabited by numerous tribes and sub-tribes with fierce clan loyalties, the north-east of India has been plagued by identity-inspired insurgencies since independence. The first of these insurgencies was that of the Naga National Council (NNC) in the mid-1950s. Subsequent decades saw the outbreak of other, similar, insurgencies among the Meiteis, Mizos, Assamese and Boroks.

The Oil Market Challenge

September 2016

Over the last few years, it has been a roller coaster ride for the oil markets. From $110 a barrel in 2010, prices began dropping from June 2014 and finally dropped to below $30 a barrel in January 2016. Then from the end of the first quarter of 2016, prices started recovering and have been hovering around $50 a barrel since May

The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

August 08, 2016
The Spectre of ISIS: Trinidad’s Unfolding Jihadi Nightmare

While there have been no studies on the motivation of Trinidadian Muslims to travel to join ISIS fighters, it is possible that the idea of the Caliphate has fired the imagination of disaffected youth.

July 27, 1990: Trinidad’s day of infamy

July 26, 2016
July 27, 1990: Trinidad’s day of infamy

On July 27, 1990, Trinidad experienced its own day of infamy when the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen staged an armed insurrection and held hostage the then Prime Minister, most of his cabinet and several opposition MPs, plus the staff of the television and radio networks.

Extension of the Disturbed Areas Act in Nagaland

July 25, 2016
Extension of the Disturbed Areas Act in Nagaland

Application of AFSPA and DAA provisions to the eastern districts of Nagaland and to districts or select areas bordering Arunachal Pradesh and the Myanmar frontier would have sent an appropriate message to shore up public confidence for an overall settlement of the Naga issue.