South Asia Monitor: Mercury Rising: India's Looming Red Corridor - October 03, 2008
October 3, 2008
In 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cited terrorism and the Naxalite insurgency as the single greatest threats to India’s security. Rebels from the 40-year-old Naxal movement have established themselves in a swath of territory stretching from the eastern state of Chhattisgarh down to the jungles of Kerala, in an attempt to create a Maoist-controlled corridor of power. The government is trying to raise an elite force to supplement state forces and combat a growing insurgency that threatens economic investment, energy supplies, and the lives of civilians and law enforcement officials.