Saturday, September 13, 2008

Counter-Insurgency III.

This is coolbert.


Today [2008], the foremost theorists and practitioners on counter-insurgency and terrorism are the Indians?

The entire sub-continent is "alive", on a continual basis, with a large number of insurrections/rebellions/insurgencies, incipient, latent, or otherwise.

NOT just India the nation-state proper, but contiguous areas, such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan [?], all have problems with the terrorist/guerrilla/insurrectionist. Spill over or involvement with "movements" that threaten Indian society are also a matter of concern for the Indian military and government.

Here, from the South Asian Terrorist Portal [SATP] web site, is a list of the areas of the Indian sub-continent where terrorism and insurgency is endemic: ["endemic - - Peculiar to a district or particular locality - - Note: An endemic disease is one which is constantly present to a greater or less degree in any place"]

* Bangladesh





*Sri Lanka

*Jammu and Kashmir








*Maoist Insurgency.

And from my previous blog entry: [thanks to David Kilcullen]

"There may be numerous competing insurgencies in one theatre"

A listing of groups, terrorists/insurgents, competitive with one another, WITHIN THE ASSAM REGION OF INDIA ALONE:

Active Terrorist/Insurgent Groups [Assam alone]:

Adivasi Cobra Force (ACF)
Dima Halim Daogah (DHD)
Hmar People's Convention- Democracy (HPC-D)
Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO)
Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA)
United People's Democratic Solidarity (UPDS)
Black Widow
All Adivasi National Liberation Army
Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF)

Not any of this has prevented democracy from flourishing in India, albeit with rough spots from time to time. INDIA IS SLATED TO BECOME THE THIRD FOREMOST WORLD-POWER BY 2020?

Indian counter-insurgency experts are the GO-TO folks! Those persons and institutions with the experience, decades long at that, and a well-thought-out-and-developed paradigm for dealing with this type of conflict!

"paradigm - - the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time - - A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline - - an example serving as a model; pattern."


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