Looking East by Wasbir Hussain
Rogue NDFB Pushed to the Wall?
Wasbir Hussain · 17 Aug, 2016 · 5107
After a two year hiatus, the Songbijit faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S) struck again on 5 August, raiding a crowded roadside market near Kokrajhar, in western Assam, killing 14 civilians and injuring at least ...
Jihadis from Bangladesh: Eyeing Trans-Border Playing Fields?
Wasbir Hussain · 11 Jul, 2016 · 5077
Bangladesh has clearly been sucked into the whirlpool of jihadi terrorism with a plethora of outfits managing to draw cadres from both the over-populous nation’s poor strata of society as well as the elites who go to universities an ...
Migration Issue in Assam: Going Beyond The Rhetoric
Wasbir Hussain · 13 Jun, 2016 · 5059
On 24 May 2016, the day he took oath as the new chief minister of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition in Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Our government will strive to make a illegal migrant-free and corruption-free State ...
A Vote For A New Assam?
Wasbir Hussain · 14 Apr, 2016 · 5018
The Assam Assembly elections, that concluded on Monday, 11 April, witnessed an unprecedented polling with the turnout touching almost 85 per cent. This has been the highest-ever polling in any form of election in the state. Which party co ...
Contours of Sino-Indian relations in 2016
Wasbir Hussain · 20 Jan, 2016 · 4964
Riding on clear signs of an ascendant India and a massive electoral mandate behind him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on course to try and break the status quo in New Delhi’s ties with Beijing, setting the ball rolling by re-calib ...
Can Suu Kyi Usher in True Democracy in Myanmar?
Wasbir Hussain · 11 Dec, 2015 · 4943
Very rightly, key world leaders, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have not forgotten to congratulate President Thein Sein, the head of Myanmar’s quasi-military regime, for successfully being able to hold the 08 Novembe ...
Meghalaya: The High Court Push for Army Act
Wasbir Hussain · 09 Nov, 2015 · 4930
The government of Meghalaya’s failure to protect civil liberties in the Garo Hills region has forced the state’s High Court to issue a directive to the Centre, asking it to consider enforcing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) ...
Myanmar in New Delhi's Naga Riddle
Wasbir Hussain · 06 Oct, 2015 · 4920
By abrogating a 14-year-long ceasefire and turning its guns once again on the Indian security forces, the Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) has robbed New Delhi of its happiness over the signing of an ...
China: ‘Peaceful’ Display of Military Might
Wasbir Hussain · 07 Sep, 2015 · 4908
On 3 September 2015, China displayed its massive military might in a parade unseen in recent years. It is for the first time since 1949 that so many senior military officers of the rank of generals had actually taken part in such a parade ...
Naga Peace Accord: Need to Reserve Euphoria
Wasbir Hussain · 04 Aug, 2015 · 4904
The signing of the ‘framework agreement’ between the Government of India and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland’s Isak-Muivah faction (NSCN-IM) in New Delhi on 3 August 2015 is certainly a landmark development be ...