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Ethnic Conflicts in Northeast India by Dr Namrata Goswami, Research Fellow, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses New Delhi, India
“Currently, there are negotiations ongoing with one faction of the ULFA led by Arabinda Rajkhowa, for a peaceful resolution of the conflict, after the leaders were arrested in the Assam-Bangladesh border. The flip side to these negotiations is that one of the main ULFA leaders, Paresh Barua is in Myanmar and is against the talks. While he cannot do much from Myanmar besides carrying out a few attacks on security forces, armed conflicts where all leaders are not part of the peace deal reemerge on some later date as was seen from the experience of the Naga conflict. On August 03, 2015, a framework agreement was signed between the Government of India and the NSCN (IM) for a peaceful dialogue to resolution.
Most of the ethnic conflicts in Northeast India are based on a political ideology that demands greater representation of an ethnic group in terms of politics, and such demands range from greater autonomy within India to complete independence. Moreover, the issues that have ignited conflicts are related to emotions and sense of self-worth, and to notions of dignity.” – Dr. Goswami
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Dr. Namrata Goswami is one of the foremost Indian thinkers on long-term global trends, emerging security challenges, and scenario building. Dr. Goswami is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi where she specializes on ethnic conflicts, insurgency, counter-insurgency and conflict resolution. She also has an interest in international relations theory and Great Power behavior. She has been a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the Congressionally Funded United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington DC, where she explored long-term India-China-US scenarios in order to craft sustainable security frameworks to enable unimpeded human development and security. She was co-lead and editor of two IDSA sponsored works on long-term trends, Imagining Asia in 2030, and Asia 2030 The Unfolding Future.
Her latest book published by Routledge, London and New York, 2015 is on Indian National Security and Counterinsurgency: The Use of Force Vs. Non Violent Response in which she explores the contrasting influence of Kautilya, India’s classical realist thinker vis-a-vis Gandhi’s prohibition on a violent response. In 2012-2013, Dr, Goswami received the Fulbright-Nehru Senior Fellowship supporting her work on China-India border. She also received the “Executive Leadership Certificate” sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, the National Defense University, Washington DC, and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Hawaii in 2013. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway, the La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and the University of Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Goswami is part of a renowned group of international experts exploring emerging security challenges such as 3-D printing, human self-modification and longevity, trans-national insurgencies, combating violent extremism, hybrid war and asteroid threats in the NATO sponsored “Partnership for Peace Consortium”. Her philosophy for life is one of the immortal quotes of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.
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