Here is India's spiralling crisis of governance: one in six Indians is living under insurgency, their lives shaped by militants, violence and fear.
Senior Roving Editor Neelesh Misra and Associate Editor Nagendar Sharma travelled across seven of the dozen-odd states affected by militancy, far away from national attention.
Here is what they found: even as armed groups spread their influence across the country's sprawling triangle of rebellion - from Kashmir to Manipur to Andhra Pradesh -- insurgencies have become a convenient excuse for misgovernance. More than 170 million people in militancy-affected areas live with almost no access to functioning schools or decent roads or other development work, even as that discontent feeds into insurgencies.
And yet, as a Hindustan Times investigation reveals, more than Rs 2,700 crores in development funds meant for extremist-affected districts were not spent in the past financial year.