STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

Strategy and Tactics in Countering Left Wing Extremists in India

Giridhari Nayak is Additional Director-General of Police (SIB & Training), Police Headquarters, Raipur, Chhattisgarh. The views expressed are in his personal capacity and do not necessarily reflect those of the organisation.
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  • July 2010
    Volume: 
    34
    Issue: 
    4
    Policy

    Left Wing Extremism (LWE) presents a serious internal security challenge to India that needs careful and coordinated policy response from both the security front and the development front. For the CPI (Maoists) (Communist Party of India), the main outfit propagating LWE, the plan and execution of this style of people's war against the state is like the Churchillian ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’. At one level, the LWE can be described as a ‘Democratic revolution through tactical offensive with tactical speed in the protracted people's war of strategic defensive’. At another, it can be simply castigated as terrorism disguising itself as ‘class struggle’ and ‘social justice’. Any riddle, mystery, enigma cannot be understood or solved without finding the missing links or the keys.

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