STRATEGIC ANALYSIS

A Critical Evaluation of the Union Government's Response to the Maoist Challenge

Dr. P. V. Ramana was Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile.
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  • September 2009
    Volume: 
    33
    Issue: 
    5
    Articles

    The Union Government took notice of the current phase of the Naxalite challenge with concern, for the first time, in 1998. Since then, it has been playing a coordinating role among the various affected states to address the challenge. It has also been advising the affected states on ways to deal with the challenge. By 2003, the Union Government had put in place a two-pronged approach to address the Maoist challenge - that of a development response and a security response. However, all along, the Union Government's response has largely been security-centric. A political response to the Maoist challenge is, as yet, missing.

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