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A judicious mix of security and developmental interventions would go a long way in tackling Maoist threat. Discuss.

Topic: Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

4.  A judicious mix of security and developmental interventions would go a long way in tackling Maoist threat. Discuss. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Easy

Reference: Insights on India

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 3 and mentioned as part of Mission-2023 Secure timetable.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about Maoism and the role of development as well as security agencies in combating it.

Directive word: 

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by citing stats about the declining trends of Maoism.

Body:

First, write the reasons that led to this decline – various developmental approaches as well as internal security capacity building.

Next, write how the Naxalist movement still remains a potent threat to the internal security of India in the various ways. Cite examples and data to substantiate your points.

Next, suggest various measures that are further required to tackle this issue.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a way forward on taking a multi prong approach to defeat Maoism.