Print edition : June 28, 2013

The Central Reserve Police Force 'Cobra' team during a combing operation in the Makrana forest in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on April 6, 2009. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

A group of "special police officers" inducted into Salwa Judum to combat Maoist rebels in Dantewada. A file picture. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

Maoist rebels in a house at an unidentified village in Bastar, Chhattisgarh. Photo: Akhilesh Kumar

At the root of the UPA government’s continued failure to defeat left-wing extremism is the absence of a clear assessment of the ground reality and a larger political vision.
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