This book maps the evolution of India's North-East into a constituent region of the republic and analyzes the perpetual crisis in the region since Independence. It highlights how linguistic and leadership issues have long been the seed of contention in the region and how factors like ethnicity, ideology, and religion further aggravate the conflicts. It also throws light on the major insurgencies, internal displacements, protest movements, and the regional drug and weapons trade in the region. Finally, it suggests a policy framework to combat the crises.
The book includes a large body of original data, documentation and field interviews with major players, as well as stakeholders. It is an important reference resource for students of politics and international relations, especially for those involved in studies of India's north-east or conflict studies. It is also a must-read for decision-makers and bureaucrats dealing with the North-East.
Chapter 6: Guns, Drugs and Contraband
Guns, Drugs and Contraband
Remote frontier locations, difficult hill and jungle terrain, weak and corrupt local administration and trans-national kinship networks encourage not only insurgents but also big-time criminal syndicates. With its pre-British tradition of opium farming and consumption, its proximity to Burma's infamous Golden ...