STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF POST INSURGENCY SITUATION IN THE CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS
The problem in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is often misperceived as a simple ethnic insurgency.
It is not very simple and cannot be summed up in a sweeping generalization. In reality, the
root of the problem lies deep in the past. Therefore, careful study on the politico-historical point
of view is essential to understand the problem before going into present government policies. Policy
makers have to recognize the counter revolutionary options to choose the appropriate ones to the situation.
Thus formulation of a strategic management approach and its successful implementation is
vital towards solving the issue. Administrative and political link along with the principle of unity
of efforts was completely missing in the past. Strategic management of post insurgency situation
in the CHT may stand a relatively greater chance of success if implemented through institutions
which are acceptable to them. This applies particularly to the Regional council and the Hill District
Councils, which have been designed to be elected bodies with due safeguards for Pahari interests,
in accordance with the Peace Accord. These institutions are relatively more likely to have the faith
and confidence of the Hill peoples, as compared to bureaucratic agencies of the state overwhelmingly
manned by non-Paharis. Implementation of a strategic management recipe may face many difficulties,
inclusive of opposition from those benefiting from the status quo. Consequently, there will be
the need for determined will and political commitment on the part of those who would be responsible
for implementing the policy options to address the issue strategically. This articles deals with multidimensional
problems for peace in CHT and suggests measures for addressing them.
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