Monday, November 19

Why India would not say boo to the Burmese Generals!

I wrote earlier about why the various assorted grand poo bah's of the world wont say anything to Burma. And still people want India to put pressure on Burma. But see this story, this tells you why India would not do anything at all. Also see this about Christian Terrorism in India which is connected to this story. I quote:

Read and shake your head

GUWAHATI, India (AFP) - Myanmar troops have launched a crackdown against Indian separatists, raiding several rebel bases, officials and militant leaders said on Monday.

An Indian defence official said camps belonging to the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) had been smashed in northern Myanmar's Sagaing division.

"The offensive is continuing... since the last four days with some key ULFA bases demolished according to information available so far," a commander of India's paramilitary Assam Rifles told AFP, asking not to be named.

The ULFA, fighting for an independent homeland in northeast India's Assam state, has well-entrenched bases inside Myanmar, from where they stage cross-border bombings and hit-and-run attacks on federal soldiers.

At least half a dozen separatist groups from India's northeast have bases in Myanmar under the patronage of the dominant Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K).

Kughalo Mulatonu, a senior NSCN-K leader, told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location that "a routine winter operation is currently on in Myanmar."

"We do expect some clashes in the coming days, but we are capable of protecting ourselves," he said.

The NSCN-Khaplang, which is pressing for an independent tribal homeland, entered into a ceasefire with New Delhi in 2001.

The ULFA, the region's most potent separatist outfit, is an ally of the NSCN-K, which runs about 50 camps with 5,000 guerrilla fighters in Myanmar.

Myanmar, which staged a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in September, last raided Indian separatist camps in January. That followed a visit by India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee to Yangon to request the junta's help.

More than 50,000 people have lost their lives to insurgency in the northeast since India's independence in 1947.

All this to be taken with a grain of piquant salt!!!

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