Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 12:54:20










ANOTHER dirty game of protecting militants and protesting against the Army of one’s own country saw five civilians getting killed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district. The deaths again point to the growing sway of anti-national forces on the youth of the strife-torn State and the growing difficulties for the Indian Army to contain such elements. Protesting the Army personnel who are involved in a gunfight with proven extremists is a well-engineered process the separatists have evolved to shield militants and provide them an escape route when trapped in an encounter. This is despite the launching of confidence-building measures by the Government in the valley that include going soft on the stone pelters attacking the Army and Police. The killed militants included Saddam Paddar, an associate of Burhan Wani -- killed in 2016. Such deplorable activities by a few radicalised civilians will only derail the peace measures that the Union Government is trying to implement. It also leaves the Army and Police no option but to deal with the protesters with an iron hand.


EVER since the Centre’s interlocutor signed a framework agreement with the Muivah group of Nagas in August 2015 in the presence of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, there has been a substantial progress towards resolution of the Naga insurgency issue. So much so that there is hope of a final peace accord being signed any time soon. Though Union Minister Mr. Kiren Rijiju refused to give a time-frame for signing the final peace accord, there are positive developments towards that end. That the insurgent groups have joined the process and have travelled as far as drafting a final peace accord is certainly a big achievement. Hence both the Government at the Centre and the Naga groups deserve to be complimented for taking painstaking efforts to resolve the decades old problem. Once the Naga problem is solved it would be easier for the Union Government to deal with other issues that confront some of the North-Eastern states where insurgency and separatist movements have kept the region on the boil for several decades.