Thursday, June 09, 2005

ANALYSIS: India - Eastern Disturbances

An invitation to talks imparts some legitimacy to a secessionist outfit. But what can be the result of such talks? These outfits should be treated solely as a law and order problem. Surely nobody will buy the argument that even with all its might, the Centre cannot effectively deal with it. The problem is that political parties in India have always believed in patching up secret deals with troublemakers to gain political mileage later. Rajiv Gandhi had tried this with the AASU. The ploy failed, and now there seems to be an attempt to play the same game with the ULFA. In the meantime, Pakistan has got the ULFA exactly where it wants.

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