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India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says his country is losing the battle against Maoist rebels.
The rebels say they are fighting for the rights of the poor.
They operate in a large swathe of territory across central India, and in some areas have almost replaced the local government.
More than 6,000 people have been killed during their 20-year fight for a communist state.
"Dealing with left-wing extremism requires a nuanced strategy - a holistic approach. It cannot be treated si