Central & South Asia
India's costly war against Maoists
Government discovers dangers and rising costs of policing the frontline against "Naxals".
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2011 15:54


India's government says Maoist rebels represent the country's greatest internal security threat.

They have waged war against the government for more than 40 years. More than 6,000 people have been killed, and many more maimed and injured.

At least 50,000 federal paramilitaries are fighting the insurgents. That figure sits alongside police and special government task forces, all at huge financial cost.

In the last four years, almost $30 million in extra defence money has gone to states where Naxals have the heaviest presence.

But this expensive strategy appears to be getting the government nowhere.

In our exclusive report on the Naxal movement, Al Jazeera's Kamal Kumar discovers the dangers of policing the front line.

Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps have been released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.