India's Maoists fell out of the international headlines last year, thanks to less complicated and obscure wars. But the pace of killing only increased, according to today's Hindustan Times.
The year 2010 was the bloodiest yet in the conflict, as Maoists killed nearly 1,000 people, the paper reported. That was five times the number of lives lost in terrorist acts in Kashmir and the insurgency-plagued Northeast. The escalation of violence comes amid the first big quasi-military push against the insurgents, which saw the number of central paramilitary forces like the Central Reserve Police Force increase dramatically, from around 35,000 troops to some 60,000.
So much for the surge?