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View: The last few years have been witness to a great push to improve internal security

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Finally, in northeast India, there has been a steep decline in militancy, with incidents reducing by 12% over the past year.

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Naxalism, meanwhile, has seen a steady decline over the past decade. In 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had stated that the Maoist movement was the ‘single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by India’.

By Varun GandhiA week ago, Hizbul Mujahideen (HB) chief Saifullah Mir, a.k.a. Dr Saifullah, one of the most wanted terrorists in the region, was gunned down in an encounter near Srinagar. He had been active since 2014, with links to HB commander Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian security forces in July 2016. This latest encounter reflects a success by the local police, supported by the army, and guided by the government, to eliminate over

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