[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t will be a blunder for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Narendra Modi for trying to resolve the insurgency issue of the North East India region without touching the issue. The NDA leaders have been choosing not to mention much about the issue. They are in the line of thinking that the issue will be in wane once the so called development reaches the region. Nine months into running the affairs leaders of the NDA government would come and go after harping on the monotonous topic i.e. about the projects their government is planning to implement in the region, not realizing that the people of the region are fed with too much of assurances and plans and they can no longer take them anymore.Earlier, we have mentioned in this very column that the change of approach by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Narendra Modi in dealing with the underground organizations of the North East region was witnessed. This approach has been not to hold dialogue with those outfits indulging in violence. This stand was reiterated by Union home minister Rajnath Singh.
Today, we witness the Central government displaying lukewarm attitude when comes to insurgency issue, a great departure from the previous governments.
The government should not forget that for years militant organizations have been resorting to violent activities to attract the attention of the government. Most of the major groups have already achieved their wishes. They are now engaging in dialogues with the government. Smaller groups are following suit. Most of them too are today sitting with the government. But the government should not forget that after so much of encouragement and intense initiatives for talks indulged we have reached this stage.
In 1997 the NSCN-IM and the government of India signed a ceasefire pact. The NSCN-K followed suit. Today, we see almost all the insurgency groups in the North East region are engaging in ceasefire agreements albeit in different tags and fashions. In Manipur alone, over two dozen underground organizations have entered the Suspension of Operation (SoO) pacts.