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Multi-pronged Efforts Needed

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Author: Pawan Agrawal

The Naxalism movement sprang from the cauldron of agrarian unrest in a small village of West Bengal in 1969. Stoked by Communist ideologue, Charu Mazumdar, it pitted the landless tillers of the soil against the wealthy and powerful landlords. It is a measure of the widespread perception of the predatory nature of the state of affairs that in the past 50 years since it was enunciated, Naxalism has spread to large segments of the Indian subcontinent with nexus with other anti-India groups operating on its periphery.

(The Inaugural Edition of Defence and Security Alert (DSA) was focused on the Red Terror highlighting the increasing Menace of Naxalism in the country in October 2009.)

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