Return of peace to the North-East India remains elusive even after the army was given charge several years ago to fight the insurgency. Indian army commanders say that they may be getting occasional success in the fight.
But, peace will not return unless the people of the region give up the idea of separatism from the Indian state. The people, the army officers say, feel neglected. They accuse the government of lack of development in their region. So, the idea of rebellion appeals to the youth easily. Hence, the army argues, the war against insurgents will be won only when people are won over and they agree to give up arms.
Gautam Gupta has more on the story.