Research Papers

Diminishing Red Shadows: Assessing the Descent of Left Wing Extremism in India

November 17, 2023

The trend of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) in India demonstrates a downward trajectory. Despite this, sporadic incidents of violence result in casualties, and the evolving tactics employed by insurgents are being met with adept responses from the security apparatus. Against this backdrop, the current paper aims to integrate the strategies used in counterinsurgency operations against Indian Maoists into a broader framework. This includes examining their implications within the wider spectrum of global non-state and conventional military engagements.

Author Note
Dr Mukherjee is an IOFS officer in the rank of Director to the Government of India. Presently, he is on deemed deputation at the Gun & Shell Factory, Kolkata, under AWEIL, Ministry of Defence. He earned his PhD in 2007 from the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Department of Atomic Energy, and qualified for the UPSC Civil Services in May 2007. He has been widely published in national and international journals, books, and think tank papers on insurgency, terrorism, and counterinsurgency. He dedicates this work to the memory of his mother, Anusua Mukherjee, who passed away in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.