By– Dibyajyoti Gohain | Date– May 05, 2011 | Place– Guwahati
Osama Bin Laden, Velupillai Prabhakaran and Paresh Baruah have few things in common. All of them are branded as terrorist leaders by India and America, while they continue to be recognized by their own set of followers as Freedom Fighters. All three have created ripples in the politics and government policies of the countries they have fought against and led to huge costs of the respective state armies. Last but not the least, all three of them has been reported to be killed by Intelligence or army at least once or more.
Leaving aside the debate on the first two similarities, when it comes to the third one, India has failed where America or Sri Lanka has succeeded. Laden the most wanted criminal in the planet was hunted down by his biggest enemy US and so was Prabhakaran by Small island nation Sri Lanka, one of the toughest rebel leaders the modern world saw. Though there are still rumors and reports that Prabhakaran or Laden is actually not killed and they are alive, the US and the Sri Lanka Government has at least succeeded in killing the threat of the name if not the person. LTTE has been wiped out and so expected is Al Qaeda with the claimed end of Laden.
However when it comes to the C-in-C of the United Liberation Front of Asom Paresh Baruah, India has miserably failed for the last three decade. One of the finest footballers from Assam during his time, Paresh Baruah had become a tough rebel leader during his early days of training in Kachin (Myanmar) and China. He with time and with the help of several able comrades went on to develop the armed wing of the rebel outfit that terrorized the Government and created trouble for the state forces starting from late eighties till date. He was branded as the terrorist leader by the Indian Government and later by the US (with India’s persuasion), became one of the top names in the Most Wanted List of several intelligence agencies including the Interpol. Yet he continues to call his shots at will without much trouble because of the failure of the Indian forces and Government.
Unlike Bin Laden whom the US could hunt down on Pakistan soil without even informing the Pakistani Government or Prabhakaran whom Sri Lankan forces could chase down since it was their own country that he lived in, Paresh Baruah continues to live in safe haven in China (and in Myanmar at times). The US does not need to think twice before attacking Laden in Pakistan soil for obvious reasons, but with Paresh Baruah Indian forces cannot even think of hunting him down in China or Myanmar. Indian Government has developed sweet relations with the Government of Myanmar in the last few years but has been unable to hunt down any if the militant bases of North East Rebels in the Myanmar side of the border. On the other hand, India cannot even think of pushing inside Chinese territory to hunt anyone, for the sheer fear of getting into a diplomatic or armed war with China. Nor is the Indian Government able to put any diplomatic pressure of the Chinese Government to help them with the north east rebels like Paresh Baruah who live in Chinese shelter and continue to rage war against India from there.
The power that Paresh Baruah enjoys as of date might have faded with most of the ULFA leaders deciding to join the peace process of lateral talks with the Government of India, but he still continues to be the biggest lone fighter against Indian forces. Yet India is unable to catch him because of its fear to China and non-caring attitude to problems of the North east India, often termed as a colony of Indian rulers.