Date: May 26, 2017

Naxalism, India’s longest running internal insurgency is about to turn fifty this month. The Naxalite movement — named after the originating village — led by Charu Majumdar and his associates created a  buzz. Although Naxalbari rebellion was put down by strong police action in quick time, its sparks flew to many regions of India. Naxalbari and its ideological avatars continue to pose serious challenges to India.

The discussions at this event will explore why Naxalism attracts believers to its fold, if India has understood the larger appeal of left-wing extremist movement and underlying factors enabling its growth and sustenance, and if current counterinsurgency strategies adequately mark up to the challenges.


Ajai Sahni, Executive Director, Institute of Conflict Management, New Delhi

Dilip Simeon, Historian and author

D. Raja, MP, Rajya Sabha), Communist Party of India K. Durga Prasad, IPS (Retd.), former Director General, CRPF

Nandini Sundar, Professor, University of Delhi

Special address by K. Vijay Kumar, IPS (Retd.), Senior Security Advisor, MHA and former DG, CRPF

Mahendra Kumawat, former Vice Chancellor, Sardar Patel University of Police, Jodhpur and former Special Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, will chair the session.

Venue Address

Conference Hall, ORF New Delhi