Since 2004, there has been an unprecedented increase in the intensity of the proxy war waged by Pakistan and China against India.
The Maoists, undoubtedly with tacit Chinese support, of which there is increasing evidence, continue to spread their influence across India. As of now, over 200 districts are impacted by some form of Left Wing extremism. This has a huge impact upon the social and economic fabric of the country.
In a recent interview to a national daily, the Director General of the CRPF conceded that 60,000 sq km of area comprising south Chhattisgarh,and adjoining areas of Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra are no-go areas for security forces and that the writ of the State has been absent in this area for about 25 years.
There are many other pockets of no-go areas in the Red Corridor and insurgency-impacted areas, therefore development has bypassed them. Major parts of the corridor abound in mineral wealth and natural resources. There is a concerted bid by external and internal forces to stifle the economic potential of the region.
The much touted economic reforms have therefore failed to reduce internal instability on account of Maoist terror and falling economic growth. If the Maoist affected districts were to be reclaimed by the State, an eight percent growth would not be a struggling proposition.
Image: Central Reserve Police Force personnel wait for news of their wounded comrades outside the casualty ward of a hospital in Gaya, Bihar on October 18, 2012, following a landmine attack on their armoured vehicle in Chakarbanda forests at Barha village.