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MAY - 2012 ISSUE

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  Coming challenges in the fight against Left-Wing Extremism
 
Addressing the chief ministers’ conference on internal security, on 20 December 2007, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reiterated that Naxalism (Left Wing Extremism) poses the single largest threat to country’s internal security.

 
 
Although, Left Wing Extremism (LWE) had always been a serious challenge to internal security, it was the merger of the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) and the CPI (Maoist-Leninist) in 2004 that qualitatively changed the situation. For a number of years, the central government or more specifically, the then Union home minister was in denial of the threat. This is evident simply from the fact that till 2009, only 33 battalions of central armed police (CAP) were deployed in all the nine LWE-affected states as compared to over 70 battalions of CAP in the state of Jammu and Kashmir alone
 
 
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