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 found s....

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 are locate....

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 s....

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 nor....

Disbanding Special Police Officers will Facilitate Naxal Resurgence

The recent Supreme Court order to disband the Special Police Officers (SPOs), which was widely criticised to be influenced by the Naxal sympathising intelligentsia, is likely to create a major road block to the anti-Maoist security operations in vari....

Will Mamata Follow Hard-Line Policies Against The Maoists?

It is a fact that Mamata Bannerjee and her party have done considerable damage to the anti-Maoist security mechanism in West Bengal, through her ‘no-hold- barred’ mission to capture power in West Bengal. Flush with a huge electoral win that has....

Assessment of Left Wing Extremism, 2010

While addressing the 2010 Chief Minister’s conference on internal security, the Home Minister P Chidambaram stated the plan of action against Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in the following words: “At the last Conference of Chief Ministers, I ha....

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