Ranchi: Maoist menace is a socio-economic-ecological problem and development in remote areas was required, renowned social scientist Yogendra Singh said on Monday.
"It`s a socio-economic-ecological problem, and it has become a global phenomenon," Yogendra Singh, Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, said.
He was speaking at the JRD Tata Memorial Lecture on "Village and Beyond: Dialectic of India`s Social and Economic Development" at the Xavier Institute of Social Sciences here.
Adding ecology as a new terminology to the socio-economic problem for the Maoist growth, he said forests and hilly terrains gave scope to Naxalites to grow.
Singh said progress was required in the underdeveloped areas.
The academician said even the Maoists require capitalism to survive and it would be difficult for them to survive if the forest produce was out of their reach.
"Capitalism (forest produce) is necessary of their survival," Singh said, interpreting it to the left-wing extremists` survival on mineral and other forest resources.
Later talking to reporters, Singh said India has a bright future and described the current bad economic phase would go away.