“This is a most comprehensive accurate and thoroughly researched book on Northeast India.”
"In Lost Opportunities, S P Sinha, a scholar from the Indian army, presents a one-stop compilation of the insurrections in all the northeast "Seven Sister" states. His core argument is that events beyond India's borders, rather than ethnic impulses, are more potent influences on the area's fate."
Asia Times Online
"The book is an attempt to present the North-East in its totality...takes a critical look at the many insurgencies in this strategic region and reviews their genesis, motivations and characteristics... deals with the geo-strategic significance, ethnicity and demography... reviews the state of insurgencies in the seven states of the region... analyses the factors that fuel insurgencies, including the role of foreign agencies, ... deals with counter-insurgency operations by the security forces and the political and administrative response by the central and state governments. The concluding part is a "crystal ball", suggesting ways to move forward."
North-east India has been beset with insurgencies for more than
50 years. The Nagas rebelled in the early fifties and since then insurgency in some form or the other has spread to all the states of the North-east - popularly known as the Seven Sisters. This book takes a critical look at the many insurgencies in this strategic region and reviews their genesis, motivations and characteristics. Why have these persisted despite interventions by the State and civil society? Over the years, the insurgencies have developed external linkages, which have only complicated matters. The book also critically examines the government’s response and traces the development of counter-insurgency strategies – from finding a military solution to winning the hearts and minds of the populace. It is a fascinating but sad story of missed opportunities.
Author: Brig. (Dr) SP Sinha, VSM