In a report that
appeared in the October 3, 2004 issue of The Statesman it said:
"Some 120 Km. from
the Mizoram capital of Aizal the training school tucked away somewhere amid
thousands of hectares in the vicinity is probably like no other in the world.
The army’s Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School operates. The Six Week
training schedule is rigorous and includes raiding terrorist hideouts, fending
for oneself in unfriendly situations, honing firing skills against
unconventional targets, rescuing hostage and mastering the art of intervention.
Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School has been training armed forces and police
personnel. Already over 300,000 personnel from countries that include the USA,
Nepal, Iraq, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Afganistan learned to live by the school’s
motto: fight the guerrilla like a guerrilla. Brigadier Ponwar says the main
objective involves training in the latest technology to combat terrorism.
With the 9/11 attacks
armies around the world have been to reorient their fighting forces in learning
how to fight unconventional wars.
In March this year,
US soldiers enrolled for jungle warfare training – the first joint infantry
exercise between the two countries. This proved a unique opportunity for the
Americans because the "USA does not have a jungle warfare school", says
Brigadier Ponwar "And we also learnt many things from the US troops. Our
trainers went to Israel and other countries and that’s how we’ve come to know
about their expertise", he added.
Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School is now planning ahead to meet the
challenges of modern day counter-insurgency operations in both rural and urban
It is very clear from
this that the US and Indian forces are more closely collaborating to crush
revolutionary movements in this region. This training course in not only target
against the Maoist and nationality movements in India, but also the movements
like the CPN(Maoist) in Nepal and other armed struggles in Bangladesh, and Sri
Lanka. The school produces assassains, killers, murderers amd the most ruthless
counter-revolutionary forces on the region. The US involvement in such training
amounts to direct military intervention of foreign forces in our country. But
all the parliamentary riff-raff are silent. The people must vehement oppose the
presence of foreign troops on Indian soil.