India's Forgotten War: The Maoist Insurgent War In


Maoist Insurgent War In India

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India faces many security challenges, from both internal and external enemies, but in the words of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who spoke in 2007, he said that the Naxalite Maoist rebel insurgency as the "single biggest internal security challenge facing India."

These rebels operate in eastern and central India, in very poor rural districts. The communist rebels are called "Naxalites" after the village of Naxalbari in West Bengal, the location of a communist revolutionary rural uprising in 1967. Though security forces defeated that uprising, communist rebels, most of whom follow the teachings of Chinese communist revolutionary leader Mao Tse-Tung, continued to fight the government. Since the Naxalite Uprising of 1967, the Maoist insurgency has resulted in approximately 6,000 deaths.

In September and October of 2009, the Maoist rebels and government forces engaged in increased fighting. The period from 2009 though the end of 2013 saw a definite increase in Maoist guerrilla activity.

Maoist Guerrilla Training Camp in India


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 News Links on the Maoist Insurgency in India:

India Maoist rebels kill 22 troops in West Bengal--BBC, Feb. 10, 2010

Communist rebels gain strength in rural India--AP, Dec. 5, 2009

Caste-Naxal massacre in Bihar tests Nitish’s base--Indian Express.com

Maoists kill 16 Indian villagers--BBC, Oct. 2, 2009


India plans all-out attack on Maoists--Asia Times, Sept. 29, 2009

India prepares for Maoist assault--BBC, Sept. 28, 2009

India's hidden war heats up--Sept. 24, 2009

Cracks in India: Maoist insurgency spreads--Rupee News, August 2, 2009

Maoist rebels spread across rural India--Christian Science Monitor, August 22, 2006


 Internet Links on the Maoist Insurgency in India:

Red storm rising - India's intractable Maoist insurgency--Jane's Intelligence Weekly


India’s Naxalite Rage-website about the Naxalite (Maoist) insurgency in India

INDIA'S FORGOTTEN WAR- blogging naxalism.--India's Forgotten War provides comprehensive reports on the country's growing Naxalite/Maoist insurgency.

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