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’.