The Darjeeling situation

There is no sign of peace and tranquility returning to Darjeeling hills anytime soon. On the contrary there are disturbing reports, not officially confirmed, that a section of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has established clandestine contact with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland and a group of fifty Naga militants are preparing to enter Darjeeling for engaging in subversive activities. It is not clear which faction of the NSCN – Muivah or Khaplang – is involved. The NSCN(I-M) signed a peace treaty with the Centre long ago and all their cadres are in the Hebron camp near Dimapur from where they cannot come out with arms. Isak Swu died last year. The leadership now rests with the 84-year old Thuingelang Muivash who continues to be the general secretary. The leader of the other faction, Khaplang, recently died and his faction is not known to be in a position to cross the border from Myanmar and enter Darjeeling with arms or explosives.
Moreover, the NSCN is not known to have taken part in the armed movement of the other tribes like the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Kokrajhar district of Assam.  Also, the NDFB is no longer an organized force and has been lying low for quite some time. If, indeed, Naga militants have decided to collaborate with the Gorkhas of Darjeeling, the reason for their doing it has to be found out. A Naga connexion with the Darjeeling unrest is conceivable only if there is a Chinese angle to it. China is known to be trying to foment unrest in the north-eastern States of India. The primary strategic objective of their stalled attempt at building a road in Doklam recently seems to be to be in a position so that the Siliguri corridor can be suddenly cut off and the north-east severed from the Indian mainland.
Therefore, these reports, emanating from unnamed official sources, cannot be dismissed lightly. It is for the governments, both State and Centre, to confirm or contradict such reports officially. China can operate through Nepal also. In any case, a Naga connection, if established, will be the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The Chinese have never concealed their intention of breaking up India into several pieces in the interest of, what they call, ‘security of Asia.’ A Chinese website carried such a piece some years ago. The concerned authorities should take the people into confidence and clarify what the real position is.

Tuesday, 8 August, 2017