India's costly war against Maoists

Government discovers dangers and rising costs of policing the frontline against "Naxals".

     

    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.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.