Rise of Naxal Terror
The data released by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism reveals that India is the fourth terror affected nation which ranks below Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Surprisingly, Naxal attacks accounts for 43 per cent of total terror attacks in the country in 2015. The four States that recorded over half the terror strikes were Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand.
However, the most disheartening fact is that the militant violence in India was doubled in 2015 in comparison to 2014. The Government must study this report carefully and initiate actions immediately for curbing terror assaults in these States and other vulnerable ones like Orissa, Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh etc.
The Naxal violence in has grown in the past and it has affected States like Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand in its worst possible form. The internal security threats to the country is more than the external ones. Having seen the growth of hundreds of militant outfits across the country since independence, the Government must equip our police and para-military forces for encountering the. Particularly for North Eastern States wherein development index has always been at a record low, many youths have taken up arms against the State. Strikingly, many of the outfits like United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) had huge pool of highly educated unemployed youths.
This was disturbing trend and treating such symptoms as simply a law and order problem had further accelerated the menace. States like Chhattisgarh could hardly settle the Naxal violence till date. With a close analysis it can safely be said that development is at the core of Naxal terror. As there was barely any syndrome of development in tribal areas of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, the Naxals got full advantage of mobilizing the locals for giving an alternative or rather a parallel form of Government. But in reality it was not. For years, the Maoists have exploited the locals and slowly they have turned out to be none other than established goons. So the Government must ensure that Naxal violence comes to an end as early as possible.
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