The greatest threat before India? Left extremism.

“As Hindus make up 80 per cent of the country’s population, the threat of Hindu fundamentalism is also as real as the minority backlash. But the greatest internal security threat is perhaps Left wing extremism.”

The ten political and social challenges that India has to deal with, according to author-historian Ramachandra Guha, speaking at a seminar organised by the Aspen Institute in Delhi:

1. Left wing extremism

2. Religious extremism

3. Corrupt centre

4. Decline of public institutions

5. Growing gap between rich and poor

6. Environment degradation

7. Political fragmentation of electoral system

8. Unreconciled borders

9. Unstable neighbourhoods

10. Apathy of the media

Read the full article: 10 things holding India back

Also read: Nandan Nilekani: the six things that changed India

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