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Deal in Tripura

Perhaps it would be more appropriate to characterise the tripartite accord between the union government, the Tripura government and the Tribal National Volunteers (TNV), signed in Delhi on August 12, as a 'deal' rather than a 'memorandum of settlement1. The accord arrived at under the strictest conditions of secrecy and even furtiveness has all the markings of a deal. It is also the least 'political' of the four accords signed by the union government in the last three years and quite simply evades many of the issues raised by the TNV during the years of insurgency/especially those relating to land once owned by the tribal people and now almost irredeemably alienated, which presumably was one of the major factors contributing to disaffection taking the form of insurgency. Nevertheless, the deal deserves to be welcomed if it ensures genuine peace in Tripura and an end to the senseless killings of innocent persons and, even more importantly, the overwhelming presence of the armed forces in the state and the declaration of the whole state as a 'disturbed area'. Of the latter, however, there are as yet few signs.

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