The Naxalite Movement in India

by Prakash Singh

  • Category Politics
  • Format Paperack
  • Imprint Rupa
  • Price 295
  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-3494-3
  2. Pages: 323 pages
  3. Date: January 2016


The Naxalite Movement in India started in 1967 from a small village and gradually spread over large areas of the country, particularly in the states of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. It was described by the UPA government as the biggest threat to the internal security of the country. The movement has since suffered setbacks but nevertheless retains the capacity to launch lethal strikes and continues to pose a formidable challenge to India’s democratic structure.

The Naxalite Movement in India, now in a revised and updated edition, traces the Naxalite movement from its inception to its metamorphosis into a predominantly Maoist movement in a historical sweep.


Prakash Singh has been a very distinguished officer of the Indian Police Service. He was police chief of two states—Uttar Pradesh and Assam—and commanded the Border Security Force.

He contributed to combating the insurgency in Nagaland, containing the threat of ULFA in Assam, neutralizing the terrorist movement in Punjab and the Terai area of Uttar Pradesh, and tackling the separatist elements in Jammu and Kashmir. The Government of India, in recognition of his outstanding services to national security, awarded him the Padma Shri in 1991. He was also member, National Security Advisory Board (2013–14).

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