It would be interesting to note that the NSCN(IM) held their first talks with Vajpayee and the talks found a resolution under another NDA regime of Modi, something that Modi didn't forget to claim. But does this translate into peace? Not necessarily. Yes reconciliation is the key to moving ahead but mere words may not be enough.
Truth, it is said, is often the biggest casualty in a conflict. We will never quite know exactly how successful the operations of the Indian Army in Myanmar were. Some sources said 20 militants were killed; others said the number lay between 50 and 100. The Army claimed two camps were busted, and while they "neutralised" the camp near Moreh, they found the one in the Northern region had already been vacated. Firing continued for 45 minutes in which they claim a "significant" number of militants were killed.
Hundreds of young people leave Manipur every year, essentially forced out by the ongoing problems with insurgency and a dysfunctional government. But even as they seek safety in physical relocation, their hearts and identities remain firmly rooted in a homeland they know they may not be able to return to anytime soon. In such a situation, they pick up the pieces of their former existence and painstakingly reconstruct it in the virtual world.
In thirty years of armed insurrections in this stretch of Assam, hundreds have been killed, many more have gone missing and a few million have been displaced. Another few thousands will be forced out of their home this winter. The survivors have lost count of the dead and the government has no data of the number of victims.