India Maoist insurgency
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The Naxalite – Maoist insurgency is an ongoing conflict [ 11 ] between Maoist groups, known as Naxalites or Naxals, and the Indian government. [ 12 ] In 2006 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called the Naxalites "The single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country.". [ 12 ] In June 2011 he stated that "Development is the master remedy to win over people" adding that the government was "strengthening the development work in the 60 Maoist-affected districts [ 13 ]
The remote tribal lands of Jharkhand state are still tilled by oxen
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Tapping his fingernails on a tiny stainless steel lunch box, Comrade Vijay, a mustachioed rebel commander, made a startling assertion: There was enough bomb material inside to blow up a jeep. With 90 pounds of such explosives, he claimed, his comrades in the Indian Maoist rebel army had blown up land-mine-resistant armored vehicles the Indian government imported from South Africa. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are the "main strength" of the rebels, he told me, as he sat under a makeshift tarpaulin tent, rifle at his side.
The Indian government is preparing to deploy thousands of soldiers to defeat the country's growing Naxalite Maoist insurgency.
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