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‘SMART’ STRATEGY FOR FIGHTING THE ‘RED MENACE’: AN APPRAISAL FOR ALTERNATIVE STRATEGY TO ERADICATE LEFT WING EXTREMISM IN INDIA

Abstract:
The Indian state faces a major security threat from Left Wing Extremism (LWE) which affects the country on multiple levels. Neglect and exploitation of tribal population has created the breeding ground for LWE which led to the creation of ‘Red Corridor’. This article tries to identify the nature of the threats, the inherent shortcomings in the existing policies and tries to provide an alternative approach through reformulation and implementation of policies. The article aims to provide a ‘smart’ approach for the Indian state in order to deal with the threat of LWE and to eradicate the causes of its rise, through a balanced strategy comprising of development, empowerment and use of force.

Keywords: Counter-insurgency; Development; Left Wing Extremism (LWE); Maoists; Red Corridor; Security

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