Maoist Insurgency: Tactical Quiescent?

Relative Slowdown

The monsoon period has traditionally been a time of relative quietude in rebellious activities of the Maoists. But this year, even before as well as after the nature’s rain lashing, there has been a noticeable dip...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Leftwing Extremism

The Tongpal Maoist Attack: Time to Act Tough

A Perpetual Cycle

On 11 March, in a repeat of many such narratives, a police ‘road opening’ patrol moving along the Sukma-Jagdalpur Highway in Chattisgarh found itself entrapped, inflicted with heavy casualties and nearly two dozen...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Leftwing Extremism

Need to Treat Naxalites with Iron Fists, not Kid Gloves

On 11th March 2014, Naxalites ambushed a Road Opening Party of the Chhattisgarh Police and the Central Reserve Police in Bastar Division of Chhattisgarh killing fifteen policemen and an innocent civilian. This happened in the...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Leftwing Extremism

Maoist Rebellion : Ground Realities

Ground Situation

The end-of-year reports emanating from various Home Departments of the States affected by the Maoist rebellion indicates that the downtrend in violence, as seen during the preceding year, continues. Even if marred...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Leftwing Extremism

National Counter-terrorism Centre (NCTC): Issues and Options

Going by the recent claims of Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, NCTC would see the light of the day after next month’s Chief Ministers’ conference.
Earlier attempts to set-up an umbrella body on counter-terrorism failed mainly because of...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Police - Law and Order, Terrorism, Leftwing Extremism, North-East Insurgency, Jammu & Kashmir

Countering New Tactics of the Maoists: Good Intelligence is the Key

As the whole nation was looking with concern at the brutal mutilation of Indian Army jawans at the Line of Control by Pakistani soldiers, few took notice of similar wanton act by Maoists in Latehar district of Jharkhand. After killing few CRPF...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Police - Law and Order, Terrorism, Leftwing Extremism

Maoists’ ‘Look East Policy’

The problem of the Left-wing Extremism (LWE) has been like a shifting pain that moved from West Bengal to Bihar in 1970s, and then to Andhra Pradesh in 1980s.

After nearly two decades, when there was pressure in Andhra Pradesh, the Naxals...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Terrorism, Leftwing Extremism, North-East Insurgency

A Response Deficient both in Strategy and Tactics

Naxalites, Maoists, Left Wing extremists call them what you will, (for convenience I shall call them Naxalite) have virtually taken over about 160 districts of India. That covers more than a quarter of the whole country.

All of these...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Leftwing Extremism, Governance and Political Studies

A Tale of Two Abductions in Odisha

Abductions or hostage-taking are not new to CPI (Maoists). To take recent statistics, between 2005 and April 2012, nearly 1000 incidents of abductions by the Indian Maoists have been recorded.

But, this is for the first time that two...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Terrorism, Leftwing Extremism

Indian Maoists: The Extent of Their External Linkages

It is untrue to consider Left-wing Extremism as purely local and self-sustaining. The extent of external linkages of the Indian Maoists is vast. The actors with which Naxals have linkages include Maoists of Nepal, militant groups operating in the...

National Security and Strategic Studies, Leftwing Extremism