To provide security to more than 34,000 elected representatives of Panchayats is economically non-viable. The huge cache of arms, i.e. 98 pistols, 10 AK-47 rifles, 2 machine guns etc. captured by the Indian Army in Keran sector in Kupwara district is a grim indicator of a sinister new phase in jihadi terrorism.
Such huge cache of arms of Chinese make could not entered India without Pakistani State support. The current political dispensation in Kashmir therefore needs to revisit its demand for the removal of AFSPA.
In the Northeast too the recent riots in Kokrajhar has underscored the need for AFSPA.
So far various governments in the Centre have only treated the Northeast solely on a security plane. The economic assets and potential of the region was surrendered to the whims of the insurgents who destroyed productivity, including the thriving tea industry.
An urgent emphasis on economic self-sufficiency would have compelled the Centre to innovate more bold, quick and lasting solutions. Today, in what can be described as one-way economic traffic, the Centre continues to pour money in the bottomless pit of the Northeast.
Image: Soldiers arrange a display of automatic rifles at army headquarters in Srinagar, 15 December 2005, part of a huge cache of arms and ammunition which was recovered from the forests of Kupwara District some 110 kms north of the Jammu and Kashmir capital.