The Naxalite Conflict in India: The Perils of Indifference

The Naxalite armed group was once termed India's greatest security challenge. But today, owing to various factors, including reduced insurgent activity and several controversial economic and immigration policies, the attention towards the conflict has reduced significantly among the Indian public. I argue, however, that continued indifference to this conflict equates to continued indifference towards the conditions that still contribute to the festering, but rather latent, conflict and serves to only prolong the difficulties faced by the people affected by it. This may have dire consequences not only for the continued conditions of abject poverty but also the resurgence of the Naxalites.

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