CNN-IBN presents special stories on North-East India

Watch the special investigation carried out by CNN-IBN

"India's Hidden Wars" onwards in all news bulletins

New Delhi October 3, 2006: CNN IBN will telecast an exclusive series of news stories called 'India's Hidden Wars' till October 14. Shot over four weeks in different inaccessible locations in North-East India, the CNN IBN Special Investigation Team (SIT) travelled and trekked to the camps of various insurgent groups for a first-hand account the 'Hidden Wars' in India's North-East.

'Hidden' because the conflict situation in North-East India hardly finds news-space in mainstream India. The reportage on ethnic conflicts and insurgency movements in the North-East is minimal. CNN IBN in an effort to correct this imbalance of marginalization of the problems and issues facing the North-Eastern states mounted a special investigation of the conflict issues in the region. The brief was to reflect the ground realities of the conflict transparently and that is what 'India's Hidden Wars' will attempt starting tomorrow.

'India's Hidden Wars' is a series of exclusive news stories showcasing first time visuals of insurgent camps in the North East and along the India-Myanmar border and exclusive interviews. The series begin with reportage on the National Socialist Council of Nagalim, Isak Muivah (NSCN-IM). For the first time since NSCN (IM) began negotiating with the Government of India, senior NSCN-IM leadership in Nagaland revealed details about its peace talks with the government. 'India's Hidden Wars' will give out details of NSCN-IM's peace proposal. The series will also spell out the position of the Nagas in case the peace talks fail.

'India's Hidden Wars' will also telecast later in the week Sanayaima's dramatic first ever interview to a TV news channel in which he spells out the strategies of the United National Liberation Front in the next five years. Sanayaima, chairman of UNLF, revealed clearly his agenda for an 'independent' Manipur by disclosing the military and political plans of the UNLF. These dramatic revelations of Sanayaima to take the war being waged by UNLF's armed wing, Manipur People's Army (MPA), "out of the jungles and to the cities", will be aired as part of 'India's Hidden Wars' exclusive series. The series will also feature reportage on MPA camps along the India-Myanmar border and how it functions and operates.

An exclusive story detailing the intricacies of Manipur's ethnic wars including exclusive reports on the Kuki National Army and its political aspirations, the demand for a Kukiland within the Indian Union, will also be telecast in 'India's Hidden Wars'. The CNN IBN Special Investigation Team also caught up with the Bodos at Udalgiri in Assam to report on their activities and their quest for a Bodoland within the Indian Union. Though the Bodos do not carry arms in their camps, they are constantly updating their training manuals and guerilla warfare tactics. The CNN IBN Special Investigation Team found them restless, edgy and frustrated because of the delay in the commencement of negotiations with the government of India. The National Democratic Front of Bodoland and the Kuki National Army recently extended the ceasefires and are waiting to the Government of India to begin talks. But CNN IBN Special Investigation Team found that the Kukis continue to remain armed to protect themselves from the NSCN (IM) and UNLF cadres, whereas their ethnic rivals claim that this is a ploy by the Indian government to keep the embers of ethnic rivalries simmering. Finally, the series will also have exclusive stories on the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).


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