The Maoists, considered India’s biggest internal security threat, have waged an armed struggle against government forces for decades. Indian security forces this year have stepped up operations against ultra-left-wing guerrillas deep in the forests of the mineral-rich central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, which has regularly seen clashes between the rebels and security forces in recent years. The Maoists, also known as Naxals, have waged an armed struggle against government forces for decades. They are considered India’s biggest internal security threat and operate in mineral-rich territory in the east and south of the country known as the “red corridor,” which has shrunk over the years because of heavy operations against them. The Maoists say they are fighting for the poor who have been left behind in India’s economic boom.