Drawing a direct link between economic development and security, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that there had been encouraging improvement in the internal security situation in India’s northeast. Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and large parts of Assam were practically free from insurgency with the level of violence significantly down, he said at a seminar organised by Vivekananda International Foundation on 24th February in New Delhi.
Delivering a talk on the ‘’Role of Indian Army in Dealing with National Security Challenges, “Naravane said the improvement of the security situation had resulted in a realigned counter-insurgency strategy in the northeast. Troops tied down by counter-insurgency operations had been freed up and were assigned to the northern borders,” he informed.
He underlined that the internal dynamics of the northeast is intricately linked to the regional security construct. This is characterised by rising Chinese belligerence in the Indo-Pacific, its hostility towards weaker nations and its relentless drive to create regional dependency through debt-traps like the Belt and Road Initiative.
“Also the resultant Sino-Us rivalry has created regional imbalances and instability. The increasing footprints of China in India’s neighbourhood and its attempts to unilaterally alter the status quo along our disputed borders have created an environment of confrontation and mutual distrust,” he said.
In the Northeast, he said, the Indian Army is playing a pivotal role in the transformation that is taking place in the security environment. Setting the stage for other stakeholders to play the role in the development of the northeast region.