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Thursday, January 16, 2003

Christian Terrorism in North-East India - The NSCN

Lot of people are aware about the Islamic Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, but how many are aware about the Christian Terrorism in the North-East India? With the support of Christian Missionaries, terrorist organisations like NLFT and NSCN are spreading terror in parts of North-East India to convert the whole of North-East states to Christianity at gunpoint. NSCN has already succeeded in Nagaland to convert masses to Christianity and asking "Nagaland for Christ" and still fighting for a greater Nagaland called Nagalim, with the adjoining districts of other Indian states. NLFT is in process of having a repeat of NSCN in Tripura.

Jan 16 2003: Government of India is playing a dangerous game

It seems that the Naga leaders will stick to the old demand of a Greater Nagaland followed by a Christland. This could prove dangerous and may start disintegration of North-east India followed by demands by other states all over India.

The Centre's "healing touch" policy to make the NSCN(I-M) leadership feel at home on their return to India has been counterbalanced by the "tough blow" by Manipur. The United Committee of Manipur (UCM) has accused New Delhi of trying to carve slices off Manipur to create a Greater Nagaland, an idea mooted by the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). And now UCM is ready for a secessionist movement. The immediate provocation for launching the secessionist campaign in Manipur follows remarks by NSCN leaders that their demand for a Greater Nagaland was legitimate.

Has the Indian government forgotten what happened in 2001 when the jurisdiction of the ceasefire with the NSCN was extended beyond Nagaland. Manipur was up in flames with violent protests that claimed 19 lives.

The violent anti-ceasefire movement in Manipur was led by UCM.

Jan 02 2003: The Centre's "healing touch" policy to make the NSCN(I-M) leadership feel at home on their return to India has been counterbalanced by the "tough blow" by Manipur. Manipur has declared that it would not hesitate to arrest the terrorist outfit's general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah, if he visited the state. Both Nagaland and Assam have withdrawn the arrest warrants against Muivah and NSCN (I-M) chairman Isak Chisi Swu to facilitate their return to the country for the next round of peace talks with the Centre.
Comment: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh has said that Muivah will be arrested if he tries to enter Manipur, further adding that they will not opt for a compromise on the issue under any circumstances. That's like it. A terrorist is a terrorist. One can not have a healing touch for terrorists. The NSCN(I-M) wants contiguous Naga-inhabited areas of the Northeast to be brought under one administrative set-up which we fear is the hidden agenda to form a Nagaland for Christ.

Dec 31 2002: National Liberation Front of Tripura (NLFT) have served extortion notices to hundreds of Hindu tribal villagers and threatened to kill them if they don't pay up soon. It is reported that the notes were served only to Hindu villagers with warnings of capital punishment to those who violated the diktat. Police have confirmed the extortion demands to Hindu villagers in Tripura. This has also been confirmed by IANS after telephonic talk with Aswathama Jamatia, head priest of Jamatia Hoda which is a influential tribal Hindu group. Tribal Hindu villagers in Tripura have vowed to fight back alleged extortion demands by a Christian terrorist group, and have formed vigilante groups to foil the NLFT's extortion drive in remote areas. Tribal Hindu groups say the NLFT has been converting people to Christianity at gunpoint.

With so many evidences of NLFT spreading terror, the Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, however, said his government does not have "hard evidence" of the Christian missionaries nexus with terrorist groups. The tribal people, who accounted for 95 percent of the Tripura population in the 1931 census, are now just 30 percent.
Given the pattern of hate crimes perpetrated by Christian terrorists and their missionary counterparts in North-East India, there should hardly be any surprise at the outrage and anger of the so-far peace-loving Hindu population. The aggressive, violent and forcible attack on their faith by the Christian forces is the primary reason for the retaliatory reactions. The Indian media, especially the English ones are reluctant to report both sides of the coin. Whenever attacks on Christians are made it becomes a headline, but when the same happens with Hindus the same media quietly ignores it. The National and International media immediately questions about the Human rights violation and start talking of Secularism.

Is Secularism to be followed by only Hindus in India or Christians in Macedonia or Jews in Israel, just because they are the majority in respective countries? What sort of Secularism is this, where fanaticism is side-tracked or even ignored?

Any sort of Religious fanaticism, needs to be condemned, may it be Bajrang Dal, NLFT, NSCN, Laskar-e-Toiba, Hizbul, SIMI, Lashkar-e-Jabar, NLA, Hamas, PLO etc.


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