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Left wing extremism greatest threat to India: Prime Minister
The Prime Minister today identified Left wing extremism as the greatest internal security threat to India and proposed a special force to counter them. He admitted that lack of development breeds extremism and assured full support to the states.
PRIME MINISTER Manmohan Singh today identified Left wing extremism as the greatest internal security threat to India and proposed a specialised force to counter the risk looming large to the country.
 
The Prime Minister, however, discounted the proposition that a Red corridor was getting established from Nepal in the East to Andhra Pradesh in South India. Singh however, admitted that that they have been able to extend their scale and area of operations.
 
Chairing the chief ministers’ conference on internal security in Delhi today, Dr Manmohan Singh said Left wing extremism seem to have developed the capability in some areas to launch frontal attacks on police forces and establishments.
 
They are certainly targeting all aspects of economic activity including vital economic infrastructure so as to cripple transport and logistic capabilities and also slow down any development activity, he added.
 
Commenting on the incidence of jailbreak in Chhattisgarh, the Prime Minister said that this was not an isolated incident but a manifestation of the fact that Left wing extremists had developed the ability to strike at will. 
 
“I have said in the past that Left Wing Extremism is probably single biggest security challenge to the Indian state. It continues to be so and we cannot rest in peace until we have eliminated this virus," he said, exhorting the chief ministers to reflect deeply on the internal security problems and work out credible responses to those challenges.
 
The Prime Minister proposed to set up a dedicated police force to fight the scourge of Naxalism, which would be highly trained, equipped and motivated to tackle the new menace.
 
“The Home ministry will provide all possible assistance to these forces. States also need to consider joint operations and joint mechanisms for effective police operations in appropriate cases," he added.
 
Even as the Prime Minister called for a concerted efforts to fight Naxalism, he also dwelt on the relationship between development and internal security, terming these as two sides of the same coin.
 
“In many ways, development and internal security are two sides of the same coin. Each is critically dependent on the other. Often, the lack of development and the lack of any prospects for improving one’s lot provide a fertile ground for extremist ideologies to flourish," he said.
 
These divides and disparities lead to disaffection, large-scale migration, and also to discord, said the Prime Minister, suggesting that the country needs to address these issues if India is to make any long-term headway in combating extremist ideologies and extremist elements.
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