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Benzene($\ce{C6H6}$) does not react with alkaline $\ce{KMnO4}$, however alkylarenes react when there are benzylic hydrogens. What could be the reason for this?

Thanks in advance

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Benzene does not have any benzylic hydrogen it's formula is C6H6 while alkyl arenes 1 degree or 2 degree have benzylic H atoms which get oxidized in presence of strong oxidizing agents like alkaline KMnO4

The mechanism given in this link is as follows.

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