Maoists and their myths

Astonishingly, there is little correlation between underdevelopment and Maoist influence. In fact, most underdeveloped areas are not Maoist strongholds. In their 2007 study on measuring regional backwardness in India, Vani Borooah and Amresh Dubey found that out of the 100 districts with highest poverty rates, only 26 are Maoist-affected. Similarly, out of the 100 districts with highest infant mortality ratios, only 9 districts are Maoist-affected. And out of the 100 districts where households do not have enough food, only 15 are Maoist-affected.