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The NorthEast - A Ticking Bomb: Luring Children in Jihad

Insurgency In Northeast Genesis And Escalation by LT GEN DB Shekatkar

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Author: LT GEN (Dr) DB Shekatkar PVSM, AVSM, VSM (RETD)

Developing societies harbouring a feeling of neglect or discrimination and having a large unemployed youth population provide breeding ground for insurgency. These conditions are to be found in ample measures in the Northeast and hence the mushrooming of different insurgencies in the region.

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Turbulent Northeast Impact On Internal Security by Dr Ajai Sahni

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Author: Dr Ajai Sahni

It is crucial to note that insurgencies have, at worst, been a compounding factor to the endemic collapse of governance in the Northeast. The fact is, even in areas not affected, or only marginally affected, by insurgencies, governmental failure has reached a point where the state is unable to fulfil even its most basic functions: the provision of security and the maintenance of law and order.

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Assam: India’s Bosnia? by Subir Bhaumik

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Author: Subir Bhaumik

For Narendra Modi, winning the 2016 Assam polls is a priority because that will firmly entrench the BJP in the most populous state of the Northeast, one that holds a pivotal position in the whole region. But if the country comes before the party for the Indian prime minister, he will get his comrades to avoid exploiting Assam’s violent ethnic divides to win elections. Because much of Assam’s recent violence has been in and around the polls, beginning 1983.

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Islamist Terror by Jaideep Saikia

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Author: Jaideep Saikia

“Terror Sans Frontiers: Islamist Militancy in North East India” − written way back in 2002 − predicted not only the rise of Islamists in the North East and abutting areas, but also about an al-Qaeda design in the region.

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Corruption Consuming India’s Northeast by Patricia Mukhim

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Author: Patricia Mukhim

One of the great benefits that the Scheduled Tribes of the Northeast enjoy is Income Tax exemption. That an IAS officer or a medical doctor or engineer earning as much as his / her non-scheduled, non-tribal counterparts should be exempted from paying this national tax and even from declaring his / her income annually is gross injustice. Members of the political and business class and even government employed engineers and bureaucrats in the northeastern states have amassed wealth beyond any of their known sources of income.

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Nexus Between Insurgents And Politicians by Pradip Phanjoubam

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Author: Pradip Phanjoubam

To take the Nagaland example, it is no coincidence, that some of the tallest leaders of the mainstream politics that the state has seen, including several past chief ministers, were former underground politicians of the insurgent variety who left their earlier avatars out of disillusionment or else reformed visions of the future of their people. A closer scrutiny and understanding of this dynamic within the various societies of the Northeast, almost all of which have seen insurgencies, is crucial in any effort to end the region‘s crippling problems of violent conflicts.

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Child Soldiers Of India’s Myriad Mutinies by Animesh Roul

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Author: Animesh Roul

The latest draft of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 aims to provide legal protection to children in conflict zones. Moving a step ahead, the draft Bill seeks rigorous punishment for those involved in child recruitment for militant purposes and activities through jail sentencing and monetary fine.

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Illegal Migration From Bangladesh Compromising National Security by Anand Kumar

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Author: Anand Kumar

The illegal immigration poses particularly high risk to northeastern India and the state of Assam. It is estimated that illegal Bangladeshis will outnumber indigenous population in every northeastern state except Assam by 2025 and in next 30 years even the local Assamese population will be reduced to minority.

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Trafficking Of Children For Sport, Entertainment And Terrorist Activities by Prof Mondira Dutta

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Author: Prof Mondira Dutta

It has been found that in Central Asia and South Asia and a few other regions, human trafficking activity tends to follow the same routes that the terrorists use to travel the region (Russell & Traughber, 2012). The activities of human trafficking affect almost all countries of the world. Human traffickers offer consumers several ‘products’ such as child soldier, exotic dancer, manual labourers, human organs and many more.

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Crime Syndications! by V Balachandran IPS

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Author: V Balachandran IPS (RETD)

When I was visiting UK and USA in 2013 I could watch two sensational criminal proceedings which had generous ingredients of high drama, gangland murders, land sharks and police-criminal nexus which would shame even the Hollywood-Bollywood films.

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Shipping Containers And Transnational Crime by Dr Vijay Sakhuja

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Author: Dr Vijay Sakhuja

Global container trade is expected to increase by 5.7 per cent in 2014, reaching 684 million TEU by the end of 2014. To support this increase, the global port capacity is expected to touch 994 million TEU by 2014. These are very promising trends and signal growth in global trade. However, it is also important to bear in mind that it is not possible to inspect such a large number of containers for contents and inspection can be called the Achilles heel of global supply chains.

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What Keeps Insurgency Ticking In The Northeast? by Radhakrishna Rao

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Author: Radhakrishna Rao

The looming frustration, despair, helplessness and anger fuelled by the continuing state of neglect of the region seems to be providing a fertile ground for recruiting youngsters to the cadre of rebel groups. In this context, C Joshua Thomas, Deputy Director of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), North Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong says, “The entire region has all along been facing various challenges in all round development. These challenges cut across the spheres of economy, society and polity and the region is caught in a vicious circle.”

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Illegal Migration A Security Nightmare by Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

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Author: Joyeeta Bhattacharjee

In contrast to the popular belief migration has been continuing till date impacting major socio-cultural change in the region. Although there is no authentic data to verify exact number of illegal migrants from Bangladesh but some estimates suggest that the number ran into millions. Migrants today constitute 30 per cent of Assam’s population and can influence election results in not less than 40 out of 126 Assembly constituencies in Assam.

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Propaganda An Effective Tool Used By Naxals by Cmdt Sudhir Kumar

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Author: Cmdt Sudhir Kumar

The counter-propaganda is believed to have a productive effect keeping in view the surrender of Naxals. Recently spurt of surrenders by Naxals is perceived to be the product of constant counter-propaganda campaign from state and central police forces. Naxals are under pressure keeping in view of counter-propaganda against them by government apparatus.

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The 1962 War Could It Have Been Averted By Nehru In 1951? by Maj Gen VK Singh

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Author: Maj Gen VK Singh (Retd)

In 1951, Major General Hira Lal Atal, who was then Adjutant General (AG), at Army HQ, proposed that the tenure of the Army Chief and Army Commanders should be limited to four years, even if they had not reached the age of superannuation. Nathu Singh felt that the one tenure system of four years, proposed by Atal, was primarily to ensure his own promotion as Army Commander. It is difficult to believe that Cariappa supported the move; perhaps he acquiesced, since he must have felt that to do otherwise may appear selfish, since he too was affected.

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The Naga Insurgency by HN Das

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Author: HN Das
During the inter-world-war period (1919-1939) the British Governors of Assam and Burma had planned a big crown colony consisting of all Naga areas of India and Burma. This scheme was first mooted by JH Hutton, the then Deputy Commissioner of Naga hills district and supported by Robert Neil Reid, the then Governor of Assam. It was later revived by the then Assam Governor Andrew Clawaround 1941-44. It was supported by the Constitutional expert Reginald Coupland. If this scheme had been implemented the British would have retained their hold on a huge tract of strategically located land.

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