Critically assess the internal security threats from the recently created United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNFLW).

Published: February 7, 2016

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United Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNFLW) is an umbrella organization of several small organizations like United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang, Kamatapur Liberation Organization (KLO) and National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Songbijit. This new and larger outfit is headed by SS Khaplang, the head of the NSCN-K as the chairman.
The UNLFW would be operating from the Myanmar, but sounds dangerous as per India’s point of view because it brings together Assamese, Bodo, and Naga separatists. Further, Myanmar, in its present situation is not in a position take hostile front with northeast militants as it is already facing troubles with ethnic rebels in Shan State. Since 2012, there has also been an outbreak of communal violence between the Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine State. It is in this backdrop, the UNLFW assumes significance. It is also believed that China was involved with the UNLFW. The coalition could be used by China to further its objectives in Myanmar and also keep an eye on the northeast. The UNLFW already started pursuing its goals with violent attacks. Its continued activities in northeast may pose threat to the developmental activities undertaken by the Indian government in North-East. North-East India is of strategic importance to India to further its ‘Acting East’ policy. India government’s repeated pleas to the Myanmar government to eliminate terror activity have fallen on deaf ears.

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