Responsible for internal security, border management, Centre-state relations, administration of Union Territories, management of Central Armed Police Forces, among others, a Union Home Minister is tested on his/her political acumen more than his/her administrative skills. Prime Minister Narendra Modi got Rajnath Singh to discharge that job, and in four years Singh has delivered on many fronts. Centre-state ties, communal violence, and Kashmir are areas that stick out like the proverbial sore thumb.
Preventing any major terror attack outside of Jammu and Kashmir, Left-Wing Extremism (LWE)-affected areas of south and south-central India and the Northeast can be called one of the Modi government’s biggest achievements, the terror attack on Pathankot air base in January 2016 being the last one.
A declining trend of LWE violence began in 2011, and the last four years have seen an improvement. An overall 20 per cent reduction in violent incidents (908 compared to 1,136 ) and 33.8 per cent decrease in LWE-related deaths…