The art of communication is the language of leadership.
- James Humes
Northeast has always been a hotbed of dissension in the nation along with Jammu and Kashmir giving the nation doubts about national integration. New Delhi has not been doing much in terms of understanding the issue of national integration as can be seen with the citizens in the south about mainland India. The Northeast cannot be faulted for being adverse to the idea of visiting New Delhi as New Delhi has not capitalised to the India of being multi-culturalism. It is fact that like all humans in the 21st century civilised world, including the North easterners, do not like the scenario of chaos that will arise if there is a repeat of the 80s. Peace is in place, albeit often broken, in Nagaland with the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) on way to negotiating a treaty, and in Assam with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) doing so. The political scenario witnessed a drastic change with the rise of Narendra Modi and BJP to power in the process shaking the status quo with the Congress monetarily losing its moors which, the Congress has also not much credit in national integration with its long stay in power of 60 years.
Till recently we were on our way to a much peaceful atmosphere in the Northeast if not the nation as a whole but India’s present democratic necessities of the one coming back to power with the highest in number has done much damage to the adjustment in the society as a new section of the population come into inclusion of the governance and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (CAB) has shaken it. When it became apparent that the BJP-led NDA will not back down on CAB, Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal shuddered and the youth of Assam thought of militancy as an alternative to student politics. We have several cases of student leaders joining the ULFA (Independent) but probably there are unreported cases. Reviving of the turbulent 80s has now become real.
At the point in time it was the Congress government in Assam that the All Assam Students Union (AASU) fought against but the citizens of Assam do not want the chaos that will ensue if the BJP-led government take the place of the erstwhile Congress government. Given the present state of things it will be a real nightmare security scenario if the Jihadist gets any idea of teaming up with the disgruntled Assamese youth. Another potential terrorism explosion flashpoint is Manipur. Now, the question is- Is the present posturing of BJP a tactic to corner Mamata Banerjee? If so, then the BJP will try to calm down Northeast after the election in case it comes back to power. But, these are hypothetical situation. Meanwhile, the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is a real threat in Assam. If the NDA government adopts the same attitude towards Assam as done by the then Congress government, then perhaps people will have to brace for themselves from now on. In spite of the doom’s day scenario for the people, the BJP can still come back to power at the Centre with Assam sending several MPs. But, till then the BJP should not deal with security situation in the Northeast with zeal of armed force.