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India's Troubles

From Lashkar-e-Taiba, meaning “Army of the Poor,” to Harakat ul-Mujahedeen, “Islamic Freedom Fighters' Group,” India’s billion people are subject to repeated terrorist actions from a range of different violent groups, few of which make the headlines in the West. To get to grips with all the subjects for conflict and all the known terror groups operating, the Council on Foreign Relations’ guide is indispensable. It is a chilling paradox that it is India’s famed democracy that ensures that some terrorists are not closed down. "There may well be occasions where elected politicians may not see it in their interest to isolate insurgent groups,” Jeevan Deol, a lecturer in South Asian studies at the University of London tells the Council. He says terrorist actions are nothing "too unusual for an elected democracy."