Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wikileaks: GoI pays little attention to northeast insurgencies

In an April 2006 briefing cable ahead of a US-India counter terrorism (CT) joint working group meeting a US government official notes that "terrorism" in the northeast "attracts little attention from Delhi".  The cable states that the Government of India is preoccupied with jihadi terrorism originating in Kashmir and Pakistan and relatively disinterested in violence due to the maoist and northeast movements.  The official speculates on the reasons for this GoI prioritisation, including that jihadi violence is not restricted to rural areas and the government's view that solutions to insurgencies in the maoist belt and the northeast are likely to be reached by improving local governance and economic opportunities.

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