While the situation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to make headlines, the mainstream media in India has maintained a safe distance from insurgency in the Northeast.
As the Naga Peace Talks deadline ends on 31 October, the inability of the Government of India and other key players involved, including the Isak-Muivah faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), to reach conclusive ground has landed the 22-year-old negotiation process in a deadlock.
While the NSCN(IM) has maintained that it will not sign the final deal unless the demand for a separate flag and constitution was met, the Centre in light of abrogation of Article 370 in Kashmir, is unlikely to entertain any such concession.
Further, speculation is rife that the NSCN (IM) will not be part of the peace accord and talks will now be held between the Government of India and the Naga National Political Groups (NNPGs) – an umbrella organisation of 7 rebel groups.
It only seems unclear if the Narendra Modi government will extend the deadline to avoid any disturbance in the law and order situation in the region or will go ahead with the accord with or without the NSCN (IM) on board.
So, what’s the story behind one of India’s oldest insurgencies and what triggered the current situation? Let’s find out.