Sep 30, 2023
Sep 30, 2023
The cogs in the wheels of political militancy in Assam seem to have turned a full circle within six months. The cycle of carnage perpetrated by the ULFA in a resurgent mode in the past few months puts paid hopes of civil society in Assam of resumption of peace. The response of the security establishment has been predictable.
Launching Operation Rhino II appears more of the same thing, neutralize the terrorist infrastructure but keep the head alive.The perils of this strategy have been evident in Guwahati with the cycle of peace and violence continuing interminably over the past decade and a half. The price of inability of the state to convert the dividend of neutralization of terrorists into politicization of militancy is being paid by innocent victims of violence. Those on the margins of society such as the 70 odd migrant laborers in Assam will continue to be vulnerable, while the state may demonstrate its power by executing the 33rd National Games flawlessly through a surge in security deployment. However the final mark of a credible state is the ability to secure lives of common citizens, not those barricaded behind layers of protection.
More by : Col. Rahul K. Bhonsle