Parallel governments in India’s north-east

They are now advertising for office staff

The outlawed National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Issak-Muivah) has placed newspaper advertisements for positions of undersecretaries and section officers. Much of Manipur state is under a reign of terror unleashed by a variety of insurgent groups which are nothing more than protection rackets with a separatist facade.

The boiling over of tensions in Manipur have put the role of the Armed Forces in the north-east under the public microscope. Yet the right questions are not being asked – why is it that after so many years of deploying security forces in states like Nagaland and Manipur rebels are able to thumb their noses at the writ of government with impunity?

Clearly, there is a urgent need to comprehensively review both the political and military objectives and strategies of counter-insurgency operations in the north-east. Parallel governments (and worse, parallel bureaucracies) are perversions that cannot be tolerated, with or without the armed forces having ‘special powers’.

4 thoughts on “Parallel governments in India’s north-east”

  1. Well, you do know that most employees both in the private and non-private sector routinely pay ‘taxes’ to the more feared separatist groups. The problem of parallel govts has existed for some time, to varying degrees in the region; the NSCN actually has a well formalised taxation system in place and makes regular demands along these lines. The police who some people seem to think are the bedrock of law and order, are amongst those who are the most forthcoming in their ‘contributions’ and even State PSEs and corporates operating in the area pay up. You might remember that the NSCN (I-M) publicly announced ‘tax-exemptions’ for loyal businesses back in early 2001; to encourage growth in Naga dominated areas. The news was carried in ToI as if it were a Central govt announcement. No doubt the businesses were happy. The other problem is that the large flow of developmental funds gets siphoned off by a rentier class of politicians and administrators who can’t generate resources from local sources, as these are all tapped by the militants and so money intended for improving welfare and infrastructure gets eaten up in this manner. So there is a nice division of labour with the separatists squeezing the local population and economic base while the politicians and others creaming off the funds flowing in from New Delhi; a symbiotic relationship. It would also be naïve to think that the Central govt doesn’t know what is going on as countless reports and protests have been made; why this is tolerated is another matter altogether.

  2. Very true. I was reading a blog on the current status in Afghanistan – the Americans there are in a similar state as our security forces in the North East.
    And BTW, you have a cool blog. I will be a regular henceforth.

  3. Well, not a bad thing. Why not totally outsource the running of the state to NSCN. It may be cheaper for Delhi (in the absence of any solid idea on how to run the north east) to just let someone run it for them.

  4. ur reports are quite informative.m really impressed.can u please send me detail abt the battallion of indian army deployed in northeast india during insurgency.looking forward to ur reply.


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