This Week The Northeast: As naga talks stutter on,peace back on the ground

While talks between the NSCN and the Centre continue without any solution in sight,insurgency is gradually fading away in Nagaland

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Published: April 4, 2012 3:46:27 am

As naga talks stutter on,peace back on the ground

While talks between the NSCN and the Centre continue without any solution in sight,insurgency is gradually fading away in Nagaland. This was proved this week when several youth organisations led by the Angami Youth Organisation asked the authorities to evict all militant factions from civilian areas and restrict them to their respective designated camps. Killing a Naga by a Naga was not nationalism,said a resolution adopted by a convention orgainsed by the AYO,which added that collection of “tax” by militant groups should be immediately stopped and criminals booked under the law.

Land for the taking

Assam’s worries about encroachment of government land have become deeper than ever. While encroachment upon national parks,wildlife sanctuaries and reserved forests have been on for years,latest government reports said over 80,000 hectares land has been under illegal occupation of neighbouring states too. Over 59,000 hectares land has been encroached by Nagaland,followed by 15,000 hectares by Arunachal Pradesh and the rest by the three other states,Assam’s Minister for Border Affairs Siddique Ahmed said. The encroached land is in 14 districts: Tinsukia,Sibsagar,Jorhat,Golaghat,Kamrup Metro,Kamrup Rural,Goalpara,Sonitpur,Lakhimpur,Dhemaji,Karbi Anglong,Cachar,Hailakandi and Karimganj.

Language exchange

Relations between India and Myanmar are improving and appear set to continue so. And Aung Sung Syu Kii’s historic victory is not the only reason. Last week,a group of Myanmarese police personnel were in Champhai in Mizoram to learn English. As part of an agreement between the two countries,a group of 28 Myanmarese cops are undergoing English training at the District Institute of Educational Training,which would help them manage trans-border crimes better,a Mizoram official said in Aizawl. Mizoram officials,in turn,were picking up Myanmarese,the official added.

Call for Bangla flight

A week after Bangladesh felicitated the people of Tripura for their role in the liberation of that country in 1971-72,the Northeastern state has asked New Delhi to expedite the process of introducing air links between Agartala and Dhaka. Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar,who was among the 129 Indian leaders specially honoured by Bangladesh,said the Civil Aviation Ministry had already identified Agartala as a “critical” airport,and introducing flights between Agartala and Dhaka would immensely benefit people on both sides. A trans-border road link has already helped Tripura move various commodities to the landlocked state in the past few years.

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