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Does ISI have a new anti-India operation?
May 27, 2007 18:51 IST
A former Indian army officer has claimed that Pakistan's ISI has launched a 'new' anti-India operation through Bangladesh, while Chinese support to insurgency in the Northeast has 'not fully dried up'.
"The Chinese stopped supporting insurgency in the Northeast in 1979. But intelligence reports indicate that the Chinese support has not fully dried up," retired Brig Dr S P Sinha, who was commissioned in the 9 Gorkha Rifles and served
Regarding Pakistan's role, he said Bangladesh was being developed as a new base for its 'anti-India operations' and
The book Lost Opportunities: 50 years of Insurgency in the Northeast and India's Response, brought out by Lancer Publishers, deals with insurgency -- ranging from Manipur and Nagaland to Assam and covers all states of the region, including the present peace processes.
Painting a grim picture on the Naga issue, Sinha said 'the ongoing peace process is already faltering' on the issue of creation of Greater Nagaland or Nagalim.
'The army has been warning that the Naga rebels are using the ceasefire for consolidating their position. In many parts
'The government will do well to prepare to cope with such a situation, if the talks fail', the former army officer warned.
Maintaining that narco-terrorism was the greatest threat to security in the region, Sinha said the Northeast has emerged as a major transit route for drug trade and gun-running.
Observing that an indicator of the scale of narco-trade was the high incidence of drug abuse in Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya, he said most of the drug trade was routed through Moreh in Manipur.
'The Naga-Kuki clashes are direct consequence of insurgent groups trying to control the road from Moreh to
Observing that the Northeast was 'profoundly affected' by the events and trends in the growth of Islamic fundamentalism
He said the continuance of infiltration would create social tension and conflict on a much larger scale than experienced before.
Referring to problems faced in fencing the Indo-Bangla border, Sinha said in West Bengal, Assam and Tripura while the
The book by Brig Sinha also critically examines the government's responses and counter-insurgency strategies --