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  • Mary Singha asked: How effective is the implementation of Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in blocks along the international border of Northeast India?

    Pushpita Das replies: India’s border areas are plagued by poor accessibility, inadequate infrastructure, depressed economic growth, rampant poverty and a sense of insecurity among the people. The development of border areas has therefore been envisaged as an important element in border management. Towards this end, the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) was initiated as early as 1987 along the India-Pakistan border to ‘meet the special development needs of the people living in remote and inaccessible areas situated near the international border’.

    Is a Border Fence an Absolute Essential along the India-Myanmar Border?

    Regulated borders with greater emphasis on developing people-to-people contact and cross-border trade initiatives are likely to yield greater security benefits as against a closed border.

    February 06, 2017

    The Creation of New Districts in Manipur: Administrative Necessity versus Naga Territorial Aspirations

    While the Manipur government’s decision to create seven new districts has come in the wake of popular demands for improved administrative efficiency, there has been fierce opposition from Naga bodies which view it as an attempt to divide the Naga people

    December 23, 2016

    Naga ‘Framework Agreement’ and Its Aftermath

    Naga ‘Framework Agreement’ and Its Aftermath

    Differing perceptions among the various stakeholders has emerged because the contents of the framework agreement are not in the public domain.

    September 01, 2016

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

    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.

    September 2016

    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

    Act East Policy and the CLMV Countries

    India's Act East Policy and CLMV countries

    While the economic-cum-strategic thrust towards CLMV countries has to be invigorated, a re-look at the Act East Policy is warranted to give it a more north-east development oriented under-pinning.

    March 29, 2016

    Garo National Liberation Army: An Emerging Threat in Meghalaya

    Garo National Liberation Army: An Emerging Threat in Meghalaya

    For a state long thought to be a role model to other North-eastern states, Meghalaya has seen a steady rise in insurgency in the last few years. The Garo National Liberation Army has clearly emerged as a potent threat to security in Meghalaya and parts of Assam.

    March 18, 2016

    Meghalaya High Court Calls for Invoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Garo Hills

    Meghalaya High Court Calls for Invoking Armed Forces Special Powers Act in Garo Hills

    The Meghalaya High Court’s order directing the central government to consider invoking AFSPA in the Garo Hills is more like an advisory premised on a number of High Court and Supreme Court judgments.

    November 17, 2015

    Birth of UNLFWSEA: Internal Dynamics and Implications for India’s North-East

    A distinctive feature of insurgency in India’s North-East and neighbouring Myanmar has been the tendency among rebel groups to form alliances. Cooperation is deemed advantageous in a hostile terrain, against a powerful and better organised enemy. Several coalitions were formed in Myanmar by the separatist insurgent outfits with well-defined objectives which, however, failed to produce any significant impact on the campaign for independence of the region.

    October 2015