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Old McMahon Had A Line

Lintner straightens the tangled skein of the Northeast’s many rebellions, but overcooks India-China antagonism

Old McMahon Had A Line
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Driving through the Ukhrul district of Manipur in the summer of 2010, Bertil Lintner—veteran correspondent and expert on Burma—noticed ubiquitous posters carrying the photograph of Thuingaleng Muivah, leader of NSCN(IM) and a native of Ukhrul, and demanding the ‘integration’ of all Naga areas into a ‘Nagalim’. Rather curiously, he also saw photographs of Mahatma Gandhi. Lintner explains this incongruity by recounting a meeting between Gandhi and Naga leaders prior to independence. Although Gandhi’s message was somewhat philosophical, the Nagas came away with the strong impression that he had approved of their quest for an independent state.

To conceive of the father of their nation as the prophet of Naga independence may strain the imagination of most Indians. That is precisely why Litner’s latest book must be read.

Great Game East vividly recreates the mosaic of ethnic insurgencies in India’s northeastern frontier, unravels their skeins of complexity, and attempts to situate them in a wider...

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