Grievance, Mobilisation and State Response: An examination of the Naxalite Insurgency in India

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    This paper explores the Naxalite insurgency in India in terms of causal mechanisms that lead to the intensification of rural civil conflict by focusing specifically on grievance, mobilisation and government responses to rebellion. Realist theory is inadequate when analysing the causal factors of complex insurgencies and the mechanisms leading to their continuation. This case illustrates some aspects of intra-state conflict in a very large country, in terms of geography and population, and how the rebels have mobilised grievances at local level. New Delhi has addressed the conflict as both a development and a security challenge, and consequently has oscillated between repression and concession in its responses. This approach has resulted neither in reduction of grievances through adequate rural development, nor in consistent armed response to the Naxalite threat. Without a comprehensive and clear set of state responses, the violence is likely to continue.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-75
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Conflict Transformation and Security
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Naxalite
    • Maoist
    • India
    • Insurgency
    • Grievance
    • Mobilisation
    • State response

    Institute themes

    • Peace and Conflict


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