Await a better future
The outcome of the Indian general elections will be known in the next fortnight and one of the topmost agendas of the new government should be to strengthen both external and internal security, in the light of the several attacks from across the border and from within, particularly by the Maoists. Both the national political parties – the Indian National Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – have spelt out how they would address the issue of internal security.
The Congress has reiterated that it would continue to pursue a policy of dealing firmly with internal security threats. The BJP is a little more specific, mentioning that it would strengthen the role of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and put in place a system of swift and fair trial of terror-related cases. The BJP manifesto vows to “insulate intelligence agencies from political intervention and interference”.
It also promises modernisation of the police force in a mission mode approach. On the issue of Naxalism, the BJP manifesto is in favour of talks with Maoists but said it should be “conditional and within the framework of the Constitution”. The Congress states it would continue to address the challenge of left-wing extremism with a firm hand.
The rhetoric during the election season is high and understandable, but what is objectionable is Pakistan trying to butt its nose in India’s election. The Pakistani Army Chief Raheel Sharif’s claim that Kashmir is a ‘jugular vein’ of Pakistan is highly condemnable. Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch in no uncertain terms writes that Sharif has no business poking his nose into the ongoing Indian elections, especially when his army and the ISI have consigned Pakistan into jaws of radicalisation and terror in the foreseeable future.
Another viewpoint highlights the importance of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) in modern-day warfare and has urged India to pick up pace considering the Chinese capability in this sphere.
This issue covers the move of the Government to start semiconductor manufacturing facilities in India, although delayed. To leapfrog capacity building in this sphere, there is urgency to overhaul the system of education in engineering colleges.
Also, in this issue, we have an interview with Regional Delegate Antonio Budroni of WASS, a company which has been associated with the Indian Navy in underwater field. While outlining the company’s roadmap in India, he has assured that it would further invest in Indian industry and research and development in indigenisation efforts.
We have some heartening news of seven Indian students bagging scholarships under the MBDA Programme for Excellence for two-year Master’s at the Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE), in Toulouse, France. As reported by Neetu Dhulia, the Embassy of France in India is supporting the students and according to the Ambassador of France in India, Francois Richier, these students will play their part in preparing the future of the relationship of France and India.
We look forward to a better future as the outcome of general elections in world’s largest democracy will hopefully get some of the vital issues on track.
Jayant Baranwal Publisher & Editor-in-Chief