In the early hours of 19 May, Indian security forces allegedly launched an aggressive cordon and search operation of downtown Srinagar in Kashmir, followed by an armed confrontation, known as an “encounter,” against militants. Many have been rendered homeless, while some people's houses were smouldering for days
Insurgency on decline in North East, tri-junction between Assam, Arunachal and north Nagaland arc of violence: Eastern Army commander
Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Anil Chauhan said on Friday that insurgency is on a decline in the North East and expressed hope that the situation will further improve in the future
Republic Day 2020: Narendra Modi, in Mann Ki Baat, says insurgency reduced considerably in North East, issues being resolved through dialogue
In this year's first 'Mann Ki Baat', Narendra Modi also appealed to all those trying to find solutions through weapons and violence to come back (to the mainstream)
Banned Assamese insurgent group NDFB gives up arms; Saoraigwra faction signs agreement to join peace talks with govt
Banned NDFB, an insurgent group active in Assam, has signed an agreement with the government for suspension of operations, officials said on Friday
Regionalism is passé, says Manipur CM N Biren Singh, claims Modi govt will address concerns of North East in next citizenship bill
In the backdrop of an unprecedented unified protest all over the northeastern states over the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in the last few months, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has categorically ruled out any chance of a united regional political formation in the region
In Manipur, repealing AFSPA takes a backseat as political leaders shift focus to Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
In contrast to the recent elections in Manipur, AFSPA takes a back seat as civil societies and families continue their decades-long wait for justice
Manipur fears return of insurgency as opposition to citizenship bill grows among natives dismayed at being outnumbered
The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 is fermenting alienation and mistrust in the North East and might infuse a fresh lease of life to insurgency in Manipur
Militant killings in Jammu and Kashmir this year rose 70%; a steady network of informers allowed spike
Since June, hardly a week has gone by in Jammu and Kashmir without a militant casualty. Till 23 December, at least 247 militants were killed, nearly all of them too poorly trained to understand the intricacies of guerrilla warfare.
Here's a list of some of the best PC gems that you might have missed this year.
Successive Indian governments have exacerbated the problem in Jammu and Kashmir, says historian Dr Radha Kumar
Dr Radha Kumar's definitive and insightful account of political developments in Kashmir in her recently released book Paradise At War could not have come at a more timely moment
Fact check: Sadhguru's claim about 'no bomb blasts in past four years' false; 400 explosions killed over 100 Indians in 2016 alone
Sadhguru's claim that no bombings took place in last four years is wrong. Hundreds of bombings — including 400 in 2016 alone — were reported across the country over the four years to 2018. In fact, the 400 bombings in 2016 — including improvised explosive devices (IED) and explosive ordnance — alone killed 100 people and injured more than 500
AFSPA in Assam: State extends Act by six months; insurgency lowest since 1997, but 'disturbance' over NRC remains a worry
That the Government of Assam has used its powers to extend the AFSPA for third consecutive time since September 2017, Firstpost takes a look the state's experience with the controversial act to understand what is preventing it from withdrawing the draconian law
Assam lynching: Senseless violence not new to Karbi Anglong; it's been singed by insurgency and riots for nearly two decades
The lynching of two youths at Karbi Anglong in Assam reveal the layers of fear and suspicion embedded deep in the psyche of the inhabitants in the region.
Rajnath Singh's announcement on new battalions in Jammu and Kashmir serves little purpose except political posturing
Rajnath Singh’s announcement on forming nine new battalions in Jammu and Kashmir may be useful in elections, but will not serve much of a purpose beyond that.
Showkat Ahmad Tak killed in Srinagar: LeT commander among resentful Kashmiris who prefer death to normalcy in Valley
The story of Showkat Ahmad Tak, a Lashkar-e-Taiba militant who was killed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, speaks of the larger resentment gripping the new generation of Kashmiris. Scores of them have already left home to become militants. Many more, intelligence inputs claim, are on the waiting list
Three Kerala districts added to Maoist watchlist even as Centre claims shrinking red terror, limits it to 30 worst-hit areas
Forty-four districts in the country are no longer under the influence of Maoists or have a negligible presence and most of the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) is now confined only to 30 worst-hit districts
For Kashmiris like Madhosh Balhami, there's no escape from conflict, as counter-insurgency ops bring violence to their doors
For people like Kashmiri poet Madhosh Balhami, who recently lost all his works whose house was destroyed in the recent gunbattle between militants and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, it is a painful struggle to build them again one that goes on for years
Jammu and Kashmir: SC order preventing police probe against Indian Army follows Centre's policy of 17 years
The Supreme Court's recent stoppage of a Jammu and Kashmir Police investigation into the death of three people by the Indian Army in Shopian district is in line with the Central government's refusal over the last 17 years to allow prosecution of soldiers in 50 cases
Taliban insurgents show no sign of shifting from their demand that talks for a conflict-ending compromise take place with Washington, not Kabul.