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Sri Lanka- Fragile Ceasefire

 Front government headed by Nripen Chakravarty. The Tripura government has consistently held that it is not necessary to deploy the army to deal with the tribal insurgency in the state; that in fact it may prove counterproductive to do so since operations by the army would further provoke and alienate the tribals. It is also true, of course, that the CPI(M) chief minister fears that once the state passes largely under army control, the likelihood of the Centre imposing President's rule would be strengthened. Nripen Chakra- varty has been trying instead to deal with the situation by using the para-military forces while at the same time working for a political solution of the tribals' grievances. The Centre while it has been on the one hand pressing upon the state government the need to use the army to contain the insurgency, on the other hand it has been prevaricating over the state's request for two battalions of the BSE It is difficult to see what conclusion can be drawn from the Centre's attitude other than that it wants to discredit the Left Front government on grounds of its failure to contain the tribal insurgency.

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