Left Wing Extremism, the biggest internal security threat to India – D M Mitra

By March 21, 2009Uncategorized, videos page

The Talk

Left-wing extremism is perhaps the biggest security threat that India faces. It is also a threat which we are not really conscious of. Dr Mitra is an expert on the subject and has very deep knowledge about it. His talk enlightened us this growing threat.

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D M Mitra, Dr, IPS

Dr Mitra is an MSc in Defence Analysis (Insurgency/ Low Intensity Conflict), from Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA, USA.

As an IPS officer he has held several distinguished positions, among which are:

Director,  National Institute of Criminology & Forensic Science Delhi

DIG-cum-DD/ Research, Bureau of Police Research & Development, (June 2002- Nov 2006)

IG, Home Guards, Madhya Pradesh (MP) (Jan, 2002-june02),

DIG, MP Special Armed Force, Gwalior (July, 2000 – Jan, 2002),

DIG, Administration, Police Hqrs, Bhopal, MP(June1999-June 2000),

Assistant Director, MHA, Government of India, (Sept 1990 -May  1999) etc.


In his varied experience he has acquired deep expertise on left-wing extremism, among other things.

As SP of Seoni district of Madhya Pradesh, he handled nascent growth of Left Wing Extremism in that area. As AD in MHA, he handled VIP security, tribal militancy, coordination with State authorities, Central Police Forces, and Army. He was exposed to Left Wing Extremism, problems of Northeast, tribal militancy, border problems, student unrest and foreigners issues.

As DIG in BPR&D, was involved in academic and policy research into various aspects of police working and national security.

As a trainee in Naval Post Graduate School, for a year and half, he studied insurgency, terrorism, and militancy with service officers from India and many different countries, and interacted with members of American academia involved in understanding and fighting such violence around the world.

As Director of NICFS, he now interacts with large number of senior officers like judges, Additional Directors General, Brigadiers, Chief Conservators of Forest, I. G. Prisons and senior managers from the criminal justice system, Defence, Environment Ministry, public sectors and NGOs who come to the institute for training.

In addition to the responsibility of NICFS, he assists MHA in internal security matters. This gives opportunity to observe and analyse militancy/insurgency closely and provide strategic level inputs to government.

Dr Mitra has been the recipient of several awards and medals:

The Indian Police Medal for Meritorious Service in the year 2000.

International Award for outstanding academic achievement by Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California, USA in 2005.

The President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service in the year 2007.

Apart from writing articles and editorials for professional journals, he has written a monograph “Understanding Indian Insurgencies” published by Strategic Studies Institute, USA. This monograph has been prescribed as one of the text books / reading material for history students for module “hist3660” in the Leeds University of U.K

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