‘Separate-nation demand in Northeast likely by 2018’
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In another six years, there could emerge a demand for a separate nation in the Northeast, said Lt Gen (retired) D B Shekatkar at a defence seminar in the city on Thursday.
"India's eastern and northeastern regions have been subjected to demographic changes as part of a well thought-off plan by some of our neighbours. This is creating undue pressure on the economy, culture and ethnic balance and is bound to have long-term adverse repercussions on internal security, and economic dimensions. In all likelihood, by 2018, there could be a demand for a separate nation in the northeast," he said addressing a seminar on Defence Preparedness of India viz a viz China and its impact on Asia.
The two-day seminar had many serving and retired officers of the three Armed Services speaking on the subject. The seminar, conceptualised by India Development Council (IDC) to commemorate 50 years of the India-China war of 1962, began with felicitation of Colonel (retired) Tallury Krishnamohan, Lt Gen (retired) V M Patil and some others who took part in the 1962 war.
An exhibition of photographs of the Sino-Indian conflict was unveiled by Lt Gen V A Bhat, Director-General of Quality Assurance (DGQA).
Shekatkar, national convener, IDC, stressed focus on indegenisation. Speaking on the challenges in India's integrated national security, Shekatkar listed northeastern insurgency, proliferation of nuclear technology in the hands of non-state actors, Naxalism as some major internal threats to India.
"There are 31 terrorist outfits across the globe, all of which are located within a radius of 1,000 nautical miles from India," he said.
Shekatkar added that Maoists have already gained a foothold in 12 states. "If immediate steps are not taken, we will be faced with a situation demanding intervention and control by the Indian Army. It is reasonable to assume that Naxalites already have links with Northeast insurgents, and ISI agents in Nepal and Bangladesh."
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