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The Seven Sorrows

Rebel outfits in the Northeast have a long history with 'foreign connections'. The Assam blasts just brought it back in focus.

The Seven Sorrows
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So what of the claim made by the little-known Islamic Security Force through a text message to a Guwahati news channel? A top IB official claims "the isf's claim and ULFA's denial are red herrings meant to deflect attention. We hope to crack the case soon...."

Whether this happens or not, a proven fact is that insurgent groups in the Northeast have had international links from the mid-1950s. It began with the chief of the rebel Naga National Council (NNC), Angami Zapu Phizo, leaving the Naga hills in 1956 to fight for an independent Naga homeland from foreign shores. Phizo, described as the father of insurgency in the Northeast, travelled through the then East Pakistan to eventually arrive in London in 1960. He continued to pursue his dream from the British capital until his death in April '90. Phizo's daughter Adinno who succeeded him as NNC president, has continued to push the homeland campaign, though feebly.

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