Internal security has to be given top priority
General elections are round the corner, though dates are yet to be announced. When political battles are being fought tooth and nail and security forces are deployed in the run-up to the elections, it is around this time elements inimical to state interests become lot more active. Already, we have had a major incident at a Patna rally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) where the prime ministerial candidate was addressing. Six people were killed and 83 were injured in seven bomb blasts in Patna. Two days after serial blasts targeted Narendra Modi’s Patna rally, the Uttar Pradesh police said they had received intelligence inputs about terrorists plotting to attack the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate’s October 19 rally in Kanpur. They could have used rocket launchers and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
Indeed, frightening scenario. Recently, the Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who inaugurated a conference of Directors General of Police (DGPs) in New Delhi said that India is facing multifarious challenges on the internal security front in the form of militancy in J&K, insurgency in some parts of the Northeast, the threat of left-wing extremism (LWE) and terrorism in the hinterland.
The Home Minister has clearly stated that the Indian Mujahidden, which draws its motivation and sustenance from inimical forces operating from across the western border, has been responsible for three out of four major terrorist attacks in our hinterland this year. These include Hyderabad twin blasts and the series of blasts at
Bodhgaya and Patna. Keeping all this mind, we need to invest lot more on strengthening internal security and investment is not just financially, but also through various developmental activities and through continuous dialogue with moderate elements.
In this issue, Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch has underscored the importance of equipping the Special Forces, considering that they are being deployed in several anti-terror activities. He has pointed out how there is no proper planning in the creation of Special Forces and also how equipment is acquired and distributed, leaving the units ill-equipped.
Moving from internal security to Navy, we have good news that India’s second aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is on its way to India from Russia to be inducted in January and that there would be exercises in 2014 and with other countries in 2015. No doubt, INS Vikramaditya will find pride of place in the Western Fleet as the country’s flagship.
With regards to exercises, the third round of India-China joint army exercises held recently in China was focused on counter-terrorism drills that included tactical hand signals, arrest and escort, hostage rescue, joint attacks and complete anti-terror drills. Lt General (Retd) Katoch writes that the underlining truth is that a joint Sino-Indian effort to counter Islamic radicalism is vital for stability in the region. China should understand this better with increased violence in Xinjiang and with the recent terrorist strike at Tiananmen Square.
Thus, internal security has become a very critical factor in the economic development of a nation and there is no doubt whatsoever that the government of the day has to give primacy to this. We look forward to your feedback as to improve our coverage. Happy reading !
Jayant Baranwal Publisher & Editor-in-Chief