Blow to Indian Maoists

We’ve been following the Indian Maoist insurgency for awhile here at FP. We named it one of the Top 10 stories you missed in 2005, a sentiment echoed by Indian PM Manmohan Singh a few months ago when he called the rebels the single greatest threat to India’s internal stability. Singh pledged to “wipe out” ...

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We've been following the Indian Maoist insurgency for awhile here at FP. We named it one of the Top 10 stories you missed in 2005, a sentiment echoed by Indian PM Manmohan Singh a few months ago when he called the rebels the single greatest threat to India's internal stability. Singh pledged to "wipe out" the Maoist factions, and over the weekend, Indian police delivered a huge blow by killing one of the movement's top leaders. Ravi Kumar, shot dead on Friday, was a top strategist for the Maoists and their most senior leader killed by police to date. Whether his death will mean a death blow to the movement is another story. But it certainly seems Singh has made routing the rebels a top priority. 

We’ve been following the Indian Maoist insurgency for awhile here at FP. We named it one of the Top 10 stories you missed in 2005, a sentiment echoed by Indian PM Manmohan Singh a few months ago when he called the rebels the single greatest threat to India’s internal stability. Singh pledged to “wipe out” the Maoist factions, and over the weekend, Indian police delivered a huge blow by killing one of the movement’s top leaders. Ravi Kumar, shot dead on Friday, was a top strategist for the Maoists and their most senior leader killed by police to date. Whether his death will mean a death blow to the movement is another story. But it certainly seems Singh has made routing the rebels a top priority. 

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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