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  • AFSPA: Looking Beyond the Oting Incident

    The debate and discussion about the AFSPA should attempt to find what led to the employment of the army in the first place. The answers might offer solutions to the entire problem.

    February 03, 2022

    Inter-state Border Disputes in Northeast India

    The inter-state border disputes in the Northeast have persisted for long. Efforts need to be redoubled to find a political solution, mediated by the Union government, which is binding on all the states concerned in the Northeast.

    July 29, 2021

    Third Bodo Accord and Insurgency in Western Assam

    While the third Bodo accord is a momentous development in the history of the Bodo conflict, caution must be exercised to ensure that it does not fall victim to the factional politics that undermined previous accords.

    February 19, 2020

    Parithosh Desai asked: What is the current status of Naga peace accords/talks? What are the objectives that the Nagas and the Government hope to achieve from these talks?

    M. Amarjeet Singh replies: The government has been making sincere efforts to end the decades old Naga insurgency through political negotiations. In the past, efforts aimed at finding a political settlement to the conflict were rebuffed by the insurgent leadership. However, in recent years, the government has been able to engage the Naga leadership particularly the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) or NSCN (I-M), resulting in the signing of a ‘Framework Agreement’ in August 2015, the details of which are not available in public domain.

    Continuance of Declaration on Disturbed Area in Nagaland is a Decision based on Perception without Foresight

    The declaration of the Disturbed Area provision is fundamentally at odds with the mutually accommodative integration endeavour of the Nagas with the Indian Union as envisioned in the 2015 framework agreement.

    January 16, 2018

    Way Forward to a final Naga Settlement

    Maximum autonomy may be accorded in ethnic, cultural and developmental realms to autonomous councils for all Naga areas in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and even Assam, through suitable amendment to the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

    July 31, 2017

    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

    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

    Extension of the Disturbed Areas Act in Nagaland

    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.

    July 25, 2016

    Naga Peace Accord and the Kuki and Meitei Insurgencies in Manipur

    Naga Peace Accord and the Kuki and Meitei Insurgencies in Manipur

    The Naga peace accord is a historic step. It needs to be followed up by correct policy interventions that serve to undercut the relevance of the Kuki and Meitei insurgencies and thus usher in peace in Manipur.

    January 05, 2016