LAHORE The Indian government is preparing to launch a full-fledged anti-Naxalite military operation in a bid to flush out separatists Maoist movement in three different areas, considered as tri-junctions of worst Naxalite-affected states. The Indian government sources in New Delhi, quoting Indian Home Secretary claimed that India is all set to launch joint army, Air Force and paramilitary forces operations against Naxalites in March 2010. The Indian Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) has also approved the governments plan to counter Maoists in the six affected states. Initially, the operation would be carried out in four states namely Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Orissa and Maharashtra, where according to Indian Intelligence reports most of the Maoist infrastructure, training camps and strongholds are located. On the basis of results of operations in these four states, joint Indian forces will be moved into remaining two states as well as, other affected areas. In all, joint operations will be carried out in phases in 20 Naxals affected states. Troops from Indian Army, Indian Air Force and personnel of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), a central force, with the state police in frontal role, have already been earmarked for the operations. Although, Indian Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, during his visit to Maoist-affected states of Chattisgarh and Jharkand had ruled out that there was any move to involve the army in the fight against Naxalites but this is what India is hiding. New Delhi has already allowed Indian Air Force to retaliate if it is attacked by Maoists. Similarly, unusual movement of Indian troops has taken place in Maoist-affected areas. The sources said Indias security agencies are trawling the international arms market to upgrade the countrys counter-insurgency capabilities. The Indian military has floated global tenders for more than 800 bulletproof vehicles, likely to be given to security agencies involved in counter-insurgency operations in Moist effected areas. India announced a separate 10 billion dollar homeland security upgrade, to be completed before 2016. It is initially looking at affordable technology-laser-guided armaments, light vehicles and drones as priority purchases. India has drawn up a multi-pronged strategy that will target top leaders, win people through a propaganda war and offer cadres a surrender-and-rehabilitation policy while launching an extensive armed operation in Maoist strongholds across the country. The central government has also asked the state governments to speed up development works and employment generation programmes in the Naxal-affected areas so as to counter left wing extremism with development. A military advisor has been appointed to prepare an action plan for dealing with Maoists. Indian central government is actively considering setting up of brigade headquarters or Army cantonments in interior areas of Naxal affected states. The intelligence summaries submitted by the end of 2009 by Indian Military Intelligence (MI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) disclosed that Naxal menace could be wiped out from across the country only through joint operations to be conducted by Indian Air Force, Indian army and paramilitary forces. The operations against Naxals, according to a rough estimate, would last more than two years in which Israeli and US commandos would assist India with arms and expertise. The government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is confident that they could wipe out Naxalites in a period between 12 to 30 months. Defense experts claimed that New Delhi is going to commit a blunder at a time when worst political crisis has shaken the lower and upper Houses of the Indian democratic set up amid no public opinion in favour of the military offensive. Any full-fledged anti-Naxalite operation will be a great challenge to the Indian security establishment. Crisis on Telangana has aggravated. Indian Prime Minister has backtracked on the governments assurance on the formation of new Telangana state, saying it would not be created in haste. The resignations of legislators from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions of Andhara Pradesh have risen to close to 100 and nearly 130 protested on the bifurcation. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah expressed his helplessness in resolving the crisis that has engulfed the state. His 20 cabinet ministers have threatened to resign. Meanwhile during his first media appearance, K Chandrashekhar Rao of TRS reiterated that 'there is no going back on the demand for Telangana, however, he conceded that 'we are not setting any deadlines. Naxalites are backed by the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). According to Prime Minister of India, Naxalites extremism today constitutes the single most important internal security threat to India. The Naxal groups have spread their activities to as many as 22 out of 28 states in the country. The term 'naxalite draws its origin from an organized armed peasant resistance against the landlords that began in March 1967 in a small village called Naxalbari in the state of West Bengal. It signalled the birth of a new movement and since then, all forms of armed struggle with socio-economic development of the downtrodden as the cause have come to be termed 'naxalite. Other terms that are used to describe the movement are 'leftwing extremism and 'radical Maoism. Significantly, aside from the internal dynamics of the Maoist/ Naxal insurgency India also perceives an external element to it. Indian security and intelligence agencies maintain that the Maoists are receiving weapons from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and China through illegal channels. There is also an increasing feeling for the need of a dialogue with all the groups involved in the Maoist/Naxal insurgency. The dialogue with Maoist is mere a ploy by the government to buy time before launching a stronger offensive against the Maoists. One wonders, why Indian politicians and members of the civil society are reflecting ignorance on the issue. It is right time to lobby against all those who are interested in misadventure against Naxalites as it would lead to popular movements for separatism, allowing foreign conspirators to interfere directly in the internal affairs of the country.