SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions com­pletes 50 years

SP's MAI - - EDITOR’S DESK - Jayant Baranwal Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

First and fore­most, a very Happy and Pros­per­ous New Year! For us at SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions, 2014 is mo­men­tous as we move into our Golden Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions. As we pay trib­ute to our founder Shri Sukhdeo Prasad Baranwal, we re­it­er­ate our com­mit­ment to the read­ers that it will be our con­stant en­deav­our to en­hance the prod­uct of­fer­ing. SP’s M.A.I. is the youngest of the pub­li­ca­tions from the SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions group and the niche magazine on mil­i­tary, aero­space and in­ter­nal se­cu­rity will con­tinue to ad­dress needs of se­cur­ing the na­tion.

2013 has been an event­ful year for the na­tion. There have been many highs and sev­eral lows. On the in­ter­nal se­cu­rity front, there were ter­ror strikes in Hy­der­abad, Ben­galuru, Bodh Gaya and Patna in which sev­eral peo­ple and po­lice per­son­nel were killed. The das­tardly Naxal at­tack in Ch­hat­tis­garh claimed the lives of 27 peo­ple, in­clud­ing for­mer Union Min­is­ter, V.C. Shukla. Then there have been con­stant bor­der in­cur­sions on both the west­ern and east­ern fronts.

Two nat­u­ral dis­as­ters of enor­mous pro­por­tions hit the coun­try – one in Ut­tarak­hand and the other on the east­ern coast. While these raised is­sues of In­dia’s pre­pared­ness to han­dle nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, it showed the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the mil­i­tary in res­cue and re­lief op­er­a­tions.

This has been high­lighted in the in­ter­view of the new Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Mar­shal, Arup Raha who has pin­pointed how the In­dian Air Force did a record 3,702 sor­ties to evac­u­ate nearly 25,000 peo­ple from the flood-hit ar­eas of Ut­tarak­hand, highly com­mend­able ef­forts. While that is on the hu­man­i­tar­ian front, the Air Chief has dwelt at length on how the vi­sion of the IAF in evolv­ing it­self as a multi-spec­trum strate­gic force ca­pa­ble of ad­dress­ing the cur­rent and fu­ture chal­lenges. One of the ma­jor chal­lenges, he men­tions, is for In­dia to re­main a con­tem­po­rary aero­space power which pos­sesses cred­i­ble re­sponse op­tions.

The armed forces are a force to reckon with in the re­gion. Lt Gen­eral (Retd) P.C. Ka­toch in his ar­ti­cle ‘Afghanistan Call­ing’ has in­di­cated how In­dia can help Afghanistan in its ef­forts to re­build the coun­try. Mil­i­tar­ily Afghanistan has sought tanks, mor­tars, ar­tillery and air­craft be­sides mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles like troop car­ry­ing trucks, jeeps, a train­ing fa­cil­ity in Afghanistan for its mil­i­tary and as­sis­tance in main­te­nance of mil­i­tary equip­ment. Nat­u­rally, In­dia would ob­vi­ously pro­vide max­i­mum pos­si­ble as­sis­tance un­der the In­dia-Afghanistan strate­gic part­ner­ship, of which se­cu­rity is an im­por­tant facet. Sim­i­larly, in his fort­nightly view­point the Gen­eral has un­der­scored the need for In­dia and Ja­pan to strengthen re­la­tion­ship on var­i­ous fronts.

As we look ahead, there is a glim­mer of hope that the gen­eral elec­tions would bring a new govern­ment to steer the coun­try to a stronger po­si­tion in terms of se­cur­ing the na­tion, in terms of eco­nomic growth and a pos­i­tive in­vest­ment cli­mate. Im­por­tantly, we should see pro­bity in gov­er­nance and the first signs are al­ready be­ing wit­nessed in New Delhi. Once again, wish­ing you all a won­der­ful year ahead! We look for­ward to your con­tin­ued as­so­ci­a­tion.

Our Founder Shri Sukhdeo Prasad Baranwal

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