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Warlordism and terror finance

  • Published
    16th Sep, 2023


There have been several allegations of the anti-state actors' financial activities in Northeastern region of India and their impact on regional dynamics, highlighting the need for cooperation between India and Bangladesh to address these issues.

The Nature of Anti-State Actors

  • Varied Beginnings: Anti-state actors, often involved in armed conflicts, employ distinct strategies to gain support and recognition, initially emphasizing theoretical foundations.
  • Initial Revolutionary Objectives: These groups, especially in the Indian subcontinent, tend to adopt revolutionary objectives, sometimes resonating with the public.
  • Erosion of Revolutionary Character and Leadership Transition: However, the revolutionary character often erodes as they consolidate power, with leaders transitioning into warlords, challenging national governments and influencing regional dynamics.

The Case of ULFA

  • Ideological shift:The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leader exemplifies the shift from revolutionary to warlord, with ties to external entities like ISI and Chinese intelligence.
  • Concern associated: The control over ULFA's leader in finances and alleged connections with Chinese ordnance factories and Bangladeshi business conglomerates raise concerns.
  • Unwanted dispute: Investigations into ULFA leaders’ properties in Bangladesh and their financial activities highlight potential influence in the region, impacting India-Bangladesh relations.

Broader Implications

  • Call for Investigation: Allegations of terror actors from Bangladesh investing in Indian stock markets and real estate, along with ULFA's business ties in Bangladesh, require thorough investigation.
  • Necessity of India-Bangladesh Cooperation: The evolving landscape of Islamist terror in South Asia necessitates cooperation between India and Bangladesh in addressing these concerns.
  • Resolution for Sustaining Anti-Terror Alliance: Maintaining a lasting alliance against terror demands transparency and resolution of these issues, even if it involves temporary embarrassment.
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