That doesn’t mean politics doesn’t have a role in these regions. Its role is not to impose some magical solution (remember the fate of Assam Accord and the Punjab Accord signed by Rajiv Gandhi) but to have a continuous process, where it engages with all sections of society, bridges ethnic gaps and amicably resolves differences. The government can help by bringing the fruits of development to these areas. But neither development nor the political process can happen if people can’t undertake routine social and economic activity with normality. Ensuring the Rule of Law and a climate of security is thus the essential, though not sufficient condition to successfully overcome our internal security challenges. Let us never forget that.